Football: Injuries ease for Leicester in top-four race

(From left) Jonny Evans, Ayoze Perez and Dennis Praet are all available for Leicester's home clash with Sheffield United.
(From left) Jonny Evans, Ayoze Perez and Dennis Praet are all available for Leicester's home clash with Sheffield United.PHOTOS: REUTERS, AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Leicester City's top-four push will be boosted by the return to fitness of several absentees with Jonny Evans, Ayoze Perez and Dennis Praet all available for Sunday's (March 14) home clash with bottom club Sheffield United.

James Maddison remains unavailable but manager Brendan Rodgers expressed his relief that his squad, given a rare week off with no midweek game, is returning to full strength.

"James is still out, Jonny is back, Dennis Praet is back and should be available and Ayoze Perez. We'll check on those before the game but it's great to have those back," Rodgers, whose side are third in the table, five points above fifth-placed West Ham United who play Manchester United this weekend, told reporters.

"It's been great (to have a week off). It's our first one in eight weeks, to have that clean week. It's important to get on the training field and work on aspects and improve the players.

"We have had a real good time on the training field this week."

When Leicester bowed out of the Europa League to Slavia Prague, then lost to Arsenal in the Premier League there were fears they were beginning to feel the pace.

But last weekend's win over Brighton and Hove Albion got them back on track.

"We haven't dwelled and been too critical," Rodgers said.

"We are candid on where we can be better, but we don't dwell on it. We lost two games in a row to Slavia Prague and Arsenal, and people are looking at Leicester losing to Arsenal as a massive setback. It shows what the players have done these past couple of seasons. It's important you refocus and get back to winning."