It is expected that Jamie Vardy and James Maddison will miss the FA Cup trip to Stoke from Leicester. Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers is willing to leave the pair out to give them time to heal from injuries.
Striker Vardy has a long-term hip problem, while Maddison picked up a knee injury in the win at Newcastle. Leicester travels on Saturday to the bet365 Stadium in the third round, but Rodgers is likely to be without his stars. He said: “Our two question marks will be with Jamie Vardy and James Maddison. Both players have done very well in recent games as they have struggled with injuries. ” “Jamie has hip and groin issues, James has knee issues. Because of all the games and the proximity of the games, they haven’t been able to recover and rest properly. So we have to see where we can do that in the short and long term. “After a groin injury, Caglar Soyuncu is fit again, while Ricardo Pereira is out but has returned to training after his groin injury. If the right offer comes this month, Demarai Gray and Islam Slimani can leave the club. In 2016, Gray, a 24-year-old winger, joined the Birmingham Foxes and helped them win the Premier League, while Slimani, a 32-year-old striker, joined after winning the title for a then-record £ 29 million in the summer. Rodgers added: “They have trained really well but both recognize and feel the need to get game time elsewhere. They are at an age where they want to play in the first team. Hamza Choudhury could leave the King Power Stadium later this month as Newcastle and West Brom are said to be interested in the midfielder, ” Rodgers added: ” Rodgers added: ” He’s not exactly a player we want to loan out. Inquiries have been undertaken and we’ll look at it in January.