Brandon Rodgers says no timeline on injured Maddison's return
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Brendan Rodgers insists James Maddison will not be rushed back into playing until he has fully recovered.

The playmaker is still recovering from a hip injury which saw him miss the last three games for Leicester.

The England international has provided ten assists and scored 11 goals in all competitions. He had a similar injury last season that saw him miss Leicester’s last six games in the league.

Madison played in their match against Aston Villa, where they won 2-1, but he was substituted after the hip injury recurred.

“He’s still continuing with the medical team. With James, there’s no timeline, we’re hoping that gradually he will feel better,” said Rodgers before Saturday’s journey to Brighton & Hove Albion.

“He’s had the reassurance of a few scans. It’s just irritable. We’re hopeful over these next few weeks that will get better.”

The foxes are currently in the third position with 50 points after playing 27 games. They have been greatly affected by injuries. Ayoze Perez, Dennis Praet and Wesley Fofana are among the injured players.

Rodgers said that finishing in the top four largely depends on the fitness of your players.

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“But it’s not to say you can’t do it. Eleven games is a lot to play and you can only focus on the next one,” Rodgers added. “It’s not about being in the top four and top six now, it’s about where you are after the 38th game.

“You’re always looking to galvanise your squad. Fortunately, we have a tremendous spirit here… The players work very hard. Whenever anyone talks about the injuries, we tend not to.

“The game might look different because of the quality of players who are out, but we still want to win games.”

Leicester drew with Burnely yesterday, losing the chance to move to position two.

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