Brendan Rodgers explains why Ricardo Pereira will miss Leicester’s meeting with Slavia Prague & provides James Justin update

Slavia Prague vs Leicester City

Leicester City will get their 2020/21 European campaign back underway on Thursday.

The Foxes would qualify from their group with relative ease, notching four wins, one draw and one loss in their six outings against some fairly weak opposition.

Leicester have since been handed a fairly favourable round of 32 draw, which sees them face off with Czech outfit Slavia Prague over two legs, the first of which is Leicester’s away leg an takes place on Thursday.

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Leicester will head into the tie no doubt full of confidence, having come from 1-0 down to hammer Liverpool 3-1 in their last outing.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are also flying high in the Premier League and look set to secure a Champions League berth come the end of the campaign.

Brendan Rodgers on Ricardo Pereira, Justin & more

Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League action, Brendan Rodgers held his latest press conference on Wednesday morning.

The Northern Irishman discussed a number of topics in his presser, including providing a team news update.

Firstly Rodgers would confirm that Ricardo Pereira would not be involved vs Slavia Prague.

The reason for this being that they need to project Pereira as he has only just returned from a long-term injury. Rodgers also confirmed the Portuguese felt some tightness the other day, but should be fine for the weekend:

“Ricardo won’t be involved. Naturally, he’s coming back from a long-term injury, so we have to be protective of him in games and in terms of how often he’s playing, but apart from that, everyone who’s fit will travel.

“After being out for such a long time and working his way back in, you’ve got to be really careful with the loading [Ricardo] has.

“He felt a bit of tightness after the game the other day. He’s coming back from a long injury. As much as we’d love him to play every minute, we have to be conscious of the games and his physical condition.

“He’ll miss this game, but he should be fresh and fine for the game at the weekend.”

Elsewhere, the Leicester boss gave updates on several more players, including James Justin and Timothy Castagne:

“James will have an operation on Thursday so he’ll start his recovery process from there.

“Timothy is training with the squad and should be okay for the weekend, all being well, and Wesley is still a few weeks away. Ayo [Pérez] will be a couple of weeks, so he’ll be out for the near future.”

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