Leicester City and under-pressure boss Brendan Rodgers face another tough test this weekend as they take on Robert De Zerbi’s high flying Brighton side in the Premier League.
Currently two points above the relegation zone, the Foxes have lost their last four, including their most recent outing against fellow relegation-threatened side Nottingham Forest, and Rodgers appears to be under growing pressure to turn things around in the midlands.
Brighton, however, will be no easy task. The Seagulls are flying high, and dismantled Liverpool in their last outing even without the services of wantaway forward Leandro Trossard, who is seemingly on the verge of joining Arsenal.
We take a look at how we expect the Foxes to line up in a bid to stop them, and the latest on a series of injured stars.
Leicester City could welcome back star midfielder James Maddison this weekend, with the England player having been sidelined since the World Cup with a knee injury, but the Foxes talisman is unlikely to start immediately, Rodgers confirmed.
“He’s doing very well, so we’re hoping he can be involved in the squad. He’s not featured since the West Ham game, before the World Cup”, he told the media.
“Just seeing him on the pitch this week, he’s such a gift as a player. The confidence he gives other players, that’s when you know you’ve got a great player. Then it’s just a case of picking the right moments to put him in.”
In more good news, Kiernan Dewbsury-Hall could also help ease the injury woes suffered by the Foxes, with the youngster back in full training alongside Denis Praet, who was forced off against Newcastle United at the beginning of the month.
However, Ayoze Perez remains a doubt, even with the Spaniard set to return imminently. “If not this week, then hopefully next”, Rodgers explained. Equally, the game may come too soon for new signing Victor Kristiansen, who is an imminent arrival from FC Copenhagen.