Brendan Rodgers Names James Maddison’s Likely Replacement

Yesterday, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers had this to say about James Maddison’s fitness for Sunday.

“We’ll see over the next couple of days. He’s obviously going to be a doubt. He’s put some weight on his ankle so we’ll see over the coming days. He’s a big talent and he’s been playing great. We’ve got a really strong squad.

“We made some changes in the week, and the rhythm, speed and intensity in the team was the same.

“It’s just the risk of whether he’s going to last the game or not. It’s questionable whether he’ll play or not. He’s such a talented player, we’ll give him every chance.

“It just means we need to look at the creative side to our game. A player of that importance, of course, it’s always disappointing if he’s not available.

“Our success will be based around the team. If he’s not available, we’ll have someone to come in and it’s a great opportunity.”

That someone could well be Belgian international Dennis Praet. Praet joined the Foxes from Sampdoria this summer but had been linked with Newcastle for some time. Dennis was also at Anderlecht where he was teammates with former Magpies Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba before they joined Newcastle in 2015.

Brendan Rodgers seems to have faith in the 25-year-old despite not featuring much this season. He did get a start against Luton in Leicester’s midweek win in the Carabao Cup. This is what Rodgers said about the midfielder.

“We’ve got Dennis Praet, who was terrific in the game in the week. He’s a really talented player. We’ve got other players we could put into there too.

“Praet’s technically very strong, so he can take the ball and he allows you to maintain the ball. He wants to play forward, he runs forward, he wants to score goals. He understands football, which helps a lot as well.

“And he wants to press – he’s a really hard worker. You need midfield players to work hard. Dennis brings that as well as his quality.”

Praet’s only start in the league came in a 1-2 win at Sheffield United last month. He has played just over 100 minutes in the league this year as he gets acclimated to the English game. If James Maddison can’t make the game, we fully expect that Dennis Praet will get the nod in his place.

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