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The latest on James Maddison ahead of Leicester’s meeting with Arsenal

The latest on James Maddison ahead of Leicester’s meeting with Arsenal

Brendan Rodgers has, on Friday, provided a fresh update on James Maddison ahead of his side’s meeting with Arsenal.

Leicester vs Arsenal

Sunday’s Premier League action kicks off at the King Power when Leicester City play host to Arsenal.

The Foxes head into the tie no doubt desperate to bounce back from their somewhat surprising Europa League exit at the hands of Slavia Prague earlier in the week.

Said loss, of course, means that Leicester’s only way of securing Champions League football for 2021/22 is via their league finish.

And at present, Brendan Rodgers’ side are well on course to achieve such a finish.

They are 3rd in the Premier League table and sit six points clear of 5th place. Leicester are also doing fairly well in the league having won three and drawn one of their last four.

Arsenal, on the other hand, are languishing in midtable and, at this point, probably see the Premier League as less of a priority than their European adventures.

The Gunners are currently 11th in the English top-flight, six points behind 6th with the majority of sides above them, such as Everton and Aston Villa, holding at least one game in hand on them.

As a result, Arsenal’s best chance of securing a European place next season now probably lies in winning the Europa League.

Brendan Rodgers gives James Maddison update

Ahead of Sunday, Brenda Rodgers has provided an update on James Maddison.

The midfielder has been a key cog in Leicester’s midfield over the last few months, scoring and creating some crucial goals.

However, Maddison would miss Thursday’s game after limping off vs Aston Villa last weekend.

And when speaking about him on Friday, Rodgers was unable to put a timeline on Maddison’s return:

“It’s obviously a very frustrating time, he was in great form, he’s a real catalyst for our team and his consistency, having been out in the early part of the season as well, his consistency’s developed and been absolutely brilliant.

“So, it’s very, very frustrating time for him but, the injury he has, it is not time driven, he’s obviously had an operation end of last season and he’s just got a little issue with his tendon just above that.

“So, like I say, we’re hoping he can be back sooner rather than later. But we can’t put a timeline on it, cause it’s just really going to be about how he feels, and how he can recover over these next few weeks.”

See also: Leeds United vs Aston Villa betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

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This article was edited by Robert Fosterman.

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1 Manchester City FC 32 44 74
2 Manchester United FC 31 27 63
3 Leicester City FC 31 18 56
4 West Ham United FC 31 12 55
5 Chelsea FC 31 19 54
6 Liverpool FC 31 16 52
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 31 17 49
8 Everton FC 30 3 48
9 Arsenal FC 31 8 45
10 Leeds United 31 0 45
11 Aston Villa FC 30 10 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 31 -10 38
13 Crystal Palace FC 31 -19 38
14 Southampton FC 31 -17 36
15 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 31 -5 33
16 Burnley FC 31 -17 33
17 Newcastle United FC 31 -19 32
18 Fulham FC 32 -18 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 31 -31 24
20 Sheffield United FC 31 -38 14
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Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
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