Vardy, Perez, Soumare – Leicester City injury news ahead of crucial PSV clash

The injury situation looks much better for Leicester City ahead of what could be a few crucial games.

City face what is their biggest game of the season tonight (Thursday) as they travel to the Netherlands to take on PSV Eindhoven in the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League. A 0-0 draw at home means the tie is even as both seek to progress to the last four of the competition.

A win for City would see them make history as the first Leicester team to reach the semi-finals of European competition. City were knocked out in the Champions League quarter-finals by Atletico Madrid five years ago.

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After a season blighted by injuries, there was good news ahead of the trip, with Brendan Rodgers reporting no new concerns. The City boss rested seven players in the weekend’s Premier League win over Crystal Palace with an eye on tonight’s encounter.

This means that the focus is on bringing back players already on the sidelines. With that in mind, here is the latest injury situation from King Power Stadium.

Jamie Vardy

Wound: Hamstrings

The striker suffered a knee injury in the win over Leeds United, which followed an injury layoff caused by a hamstring problem. In total, that means he has only made one start and one substitute appearance in 2022. However, there is hope that he could return soon after undergoing more treatment.

Reports say the striker has ‘assured’ his teammates that he will be back to full fitness before the end of the season. Something that will come as great news before the end-of-season break-in.

Possible return date: to confirm

What Rodgers Said“That (last injection) was last night,” Rodgers said during his pre-match press conference for the Europa Conference League quarter-final second leg against PSV Eindhoven. “We will see over the next week what effect this will have. Hopefully this can be good news for us.

Boubakary Soumare

Wound: Painful abductor

Possible return date: v PSV (A) (March 14)

The midfielder has missed the last three games through injury and returned to training last week. However, he was not spotted in training before the team traveled to the Netherlands on Wednesday.

What Rodgers Said“He trained today (Friday). He had a pain at his captor. He’s back in training today,” he said ahead of the game against Crystal Palace.

Ayoze Perez

Wound: Diseases

Possible return date: v PSV (A) (March 14)

Perez is now back in contention to play against PSV after missing the last two games through illness.

What Rodgers Said: “We will see. He has just been released this afternoon (Friday). He has been feeling bad for a few days,” he said before Palace.

Wilfred Ndidi

Wound: Medial ligament injury

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.

Possible return date: Pre-season

What Rodgers Said: “Wilfred Ndidi will unfortunately be absent for the season, which is a shame for us. He has been a brilliant player for me during my time here. He picked up a nasty injury and had to have surgery. He will recover until June.”

Danny Ward

Wound: Knee

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.

Possible return date: Pre-season

Ryan Bertrand

Wound: Knee

The left-back has been ruled out for the season due to a knee issue. He supported during the warm-up ahead of the Boxing Day game at Manchester City.

Possible return date: Pre-season

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