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Brendan Rogers says Maddison needs time, patience and support

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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes James Maddison needs some time to rediscover his top form after a sloppy start this season.

Leicester’s  2-1 defeat at Brighton left them 12th in the Premier League table after losing three games out of the five played this season.

Neal Maupay put Brighton in front from the spot in the 35th minute, sending Schmeichel the wrong way.

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Former Manchester United and Arsenal man Danny Welbeck then strengthened Brighton’s lead just after the break with a well-timed header.

The Foxes’ main man Jamie Vardy scored what would later be a consolation goal for his team before they had two goals ruled out in the latter stages of the match, with Harvey Barnes ruled to be offside and blocking the goalkeeper on both occasions.

Maddison had no notable impact in the match and was subbed off by Brendan Rogers for Ademola Lookman at the half time break.

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Rogers defended Maddison, saying:

“(You need to give Maddison) Time, patience, support. It’s understanding that no matter how confident someone is and how good a player they are, they will always have a period in their career where confidence isn’t quite there,” Rodgers insisted.

“You always have to take them back to the basics. You’ve got to work your socks off and work even harder. I always feel that if you do that, that gives you confidence. I’ve seen it so often.

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“He’s a brilliant talent and has played many fantastic games for Leicester and he will do that. He’s just in a little moment where it’s not quite happening for him.”

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Expert issues ‘shock’ verdict on Ricardo Pereira comeback date

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Expert issues 'shock' verdict on Ricardo Pereira comeback date

Despite a broken leg, Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira might be out for as little as “six to eight weeks.”

According to Ben Dinnery, who operates the Premier Injuries website and has a background in medical and data analysis, this is the case.

In last Wednesday’s League Cup match at Anfield, Tyler Morton, 19, of Liverpool, avoided a red card for his rash challenge on Ricardo Pereira.

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As reported by The Sun last Sunday (26 December), Brendan Rodgers stated that Pereira had a “fractured fibula” as a result of the challenge.

It was the right-first back’s game back following a 12-match layoff due to a hamstring injury.

But, as Dinnery says, Pereira’s injury isn’t as serious as the average person may think.

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“We say broken leg and think it’s always long-term, but it shocks some people to know that’s not always true,” he told Football Insider‘s, Adam Williams.

“It’s a fractured fibula, so it’s non-weight-bearing. He isn’t exactly pain-free but on the scale of injuries, it isn’t too serious.

“There have been examples of players returning in four or five weeks. I would suggest in this instance that it is more likely to be six to eight weeks.

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“If we were looking at an ACL then it’s a significant amount of time on the sidelines, so he’ll be grateful it isn’t that.

“I’m not aware of any plans for surgery, so we can assume that it is non-displaced and doesn’t need any fixation.”

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To Lineker’s relief, Patson Daka can perfectly fill Vardy’s shoes

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Gary Lineker, like almost everybody else was worried that in Vardy’s absence, Leicester City would struggle to get goals and points. He admitted himself, “…before, without Vardy, you think: ‘Blimey, we are going to really struggle.”

But those worries are out through the window now, as Brendan Rodgers’ side seem to have found the right choice should Jaime run out of form or get injured. 23-year old Zambian, Patson Daka, sealed The Foxes’ win over Man United, then scored four times when his side thrashed Spartak Moscow in last week’s Europa League meet.

The Zambian is a needed relief for Gary, who now has less fears about his former team’s striking force. “…and it does look like they now have someone to line up as a replacement for Vardy,” Lineker said about Daka and Leicester.

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Gary praised Rodgers’ signings, terming certain players as great, and talents. “Generally, the recruitment has been just wonderful. According to the former England striker, one of Leicester’s latest signees, James Justin would have played for England had it not been for an injury.

Since getting back into the top flight League, then winning the title in 2015-2016, the Foxes have highly relied on Vardy as their main attacker, and his absence have most times landed the team in a tough sport.

But with such brilliant new signings, the 2021 FA Cup winners could be in for some great games and even trophies as they now have more options to choose from.

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Dennis Praet doesn’t know what he has that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t like

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Dennis Praet doesn’t know what he has that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t like

Former Sampdoria midfielder, Dennis Praet, recalls the great times he had at Leicester City and still can’t wrap his brains around what he did wrong to be sent away on loan. Apparently, the 27-year old likes England more than Italy, where he currently resides.

After a two-season time at Leicester where he thinks he performed well, the Belgian was loaned off to Torino for the 2021-2022 season, and he doesn’t think his form was bad enough to not play at Leicester.

Praet, who plays for the red-hot Belgium national team, says many people at the Premier League side Leicester City do not understand why he “disappeared” after last season. Well, he doesn’t know the reason either.

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The 2014 Belgian Golden shoe winner left Italian side Sampdoria for the EPL in 2019 and seemingly didn’t think he would be rejoining Serie A so soon, that too on loan.

“I must have something that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t like, but I don’t know what,” Praet lamented, obviously feeling that from his side, he hasn’t done anything worth being sidelined or “lend away.”

Torino have him on loan but can also buy him for 15 million pounds when the season ends. If he impresses, he might go back to Leicester next season, or have Torino hold on to him.

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When 2021-2022 ends, his display at Torino will play the biggest part in whatever happens and his career afterwards. Hopefully, he will have the answers to his questions by then.

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