Mendy, Vardy, Evans – Leicester City injury news after Man United and ahead of PSV Eindhoven
After returning to the Premier League at the weekend, Leicester City’s games are now tight and fast-paced as they try to manage European clashes alongside domestic fixtures.
A 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford kicked off their return to action, with Kelechi Iheanacho scoring City’s second-half goal. And Brendan Rodgers’ side could have taken all three points of the game with VAR intervening to rule out what would have been a James Maddison winner.
The game at Old Trafford also saw the return of the centre-back partnership of Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana, the first time the two players have started together since the FA Cup final in May. The duo also lined up alongside recently returned full-backs Timothy Castagne and James Justin.
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City’s attention now turns to a big European fixture as they take on PSV Eindhoven in the quarter-final first leg of the Europa Conference League quarter-final. The Dutch team travel to the King Power Stadium on Thursday evening.
Ahead of this game, the injury picture is improving for City. Below is a full recap of City’s injured players, what Brendan Rodgers has said about them and when they could return, as well as the latest on those who have just returned to the squad.
NAMPALYS MENDY: The midfielder has been Wilfred Ndidi’s first-choice replacement since returning to the Premier League side in February. He started his third consecutive Premier League game against Man United but was forced off the pitch in the dying minutes of the game due to cramps. He won’t be available for the game against PSV, however, as he hasn’t been named in the Europa Conference League squad.
What Rodgers Said“It was just a little cramp,” he said after the game. “I thought he was excellent. He obviously also played for Senegal, so he had a bit of travel. But he came back and I thought he was excellent. He gives us that real stability there- down and allows the other two number eights to go ahead and play football. He’s been excellent.
LUC THOMAS: The newest name on the list is the young left-back. While he started one of England’s two European Under-21 Championship qualifying victories during the international break, he was sent off to City before the other after suffering a hamstring injury. legs, but he shouldn’t be gone too long.
What Rodgers said: During his press conference to preview United’s game, Rodgers said: “He will struggle for the weekend. He had a problem with his hamstrings. They looked at him with England but felt that he was not going to be available for the second game, so I sent him back to continue his rehabilitation here.
JAMIE VARDY: The striker suffered a knee injury in the win over Leeds United, which followed an injury layoff caused by a hamstring problem. In total, this means he has only made one start and one appearance as a substitute in 2022. However, it is hoped that he can return soon.
What Rodgers said: “We’ll see day by day,” Rodgers said this week. “He is definitely not ready for the weekend. We will assess him over the next week to two weeks.
JONNY EVANS: The defender started his first Premier League game of 2022 against Man United on Saturday after returning as a second-half substitute in the 2-1 win over Brentford before the international break. He was removed just after the hour mark due to a slight calf tightness and to continue managing his minutes.
Wilfred NDIDI: The defensive midfielder has now been ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery. Rodgers had suspected medial knee ligament problems after hobbling at Rennes, and after getting a second opinion Ndidi underwent surgery from which he will recover until June.
DANNY WARD: The goalkeeper may not be seen again until the end of the season after undergoing surgery on a knee problem that had been bothering him for some time. He hopes to be back so he can play in Wales’ World Cup play-off against Scotland or Ukraine in June.
ROYAL BERTRAND: The left-back has been ruled out for the season due to a knee problem. He supported during the warm-up ahead of the Boxing Day game at Manchester City.