Manchester United are dealing with a host of fitness issues going into Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Leicester.
But Brendan Rodgers’ side are also missing players going into the final game before the first international break of the season.
As per the Foxes’ official website, Rodgers gave an injury update on his squad ahead of the game.
The likes of James Maddison and Harvey Barnes aren’t yet fit to take any part but one of their fellow midfielders is.
“[Ricardo] won’t be available for the weekend, but we’re pretty confident, after the international break, he’ll be okay,” Rodgers said. “It’s just a slight strain, but thankfully nothing too serious.
“Dennis (Praet) will be available for the weekend. On (Cengiz Ünder), we’ll see after the international break. (Maddison) was out on the field today and he looked very, very good.
“We’re hopeful that, if he can have a good couple of weeks during the international break, he could be close when we get back. He just looked like he had his confidence back. He was as really pleased.
“(Barnes) was in the pool too, mobilising his leg and doing some really good work. At the time we were looking at about six weeks to get back into training, so we’re two weeks post-operation and it’s all going well.”
Praet has been out for two months with a hamstring injury and his return is especially important because Maddison and Barnes are still out.
The Belgian international can add midfield creativity to make up for the absence of the injured English duo.
Rodgers played a 3-4-1-2 formation against Sheffield United last time out, with Jamie Vardy and former Manchester City man Kelechi Iheanacho paired together in attack.
Praet’s return gives Rodgers options ahead of a game which will be tough for United but should contain no fear.
Last season’s trip to the King Power Stadium was effectively a cup tie – with the winner qualifying for the Champions League – and United won 2-0.
We also took the lead twice in the league meeting on Boxing Day before having to settle for a 2-2 draw and spirits should be very high after last night’s in Milan.
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