Leicester City will be without six first-team players for the FA Cup quarter-final tie against Manchester United at the King Power Stadium this evening.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Ricardo Pereira will miss the match after failing to recover from a hamstring strain in last weekend’s Premier League win over Sheffield United.
Playmaker James Maddison is another player not in contention to face United. Cengiz Under has a thigh problem and Harvey Barnes remains sidelined with his knee, along with long-term absentees James Justin and Wes Morgan.
Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Rodgers said (via Manchester Evening News): “(Ricardo) won’t be available for the weekend but we’re pretty confident after the international break he will be OK. It’s just a slight strain but thankfully nothing too serious.
“(Maddison) was out on the field today and looked very good. We’re hopeful that if he has a good couple of weeks during the international break, he could be close when we get back.
“He looked like he had his confidence back and he was really pleased. Hopefully over the international break we can step that up and he could be joining us after that, and that will be great news.
“Dennis (Praet) will be available for the weekend. Cengo will be after the international break.”
Manchester United have injuries of their own going into game.
Marcus Rashford sustained a knock against AC Milan during the week and had to be substituted at half-time. On top of that, there always seems to be doubts over Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial has been ruled out.
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