Leicester boss Rodgers ‘delighted’ to see Evans return

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Leicester boss Rodgers ‘delighted’ to see Evans return

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits Jonny Evans must be handled with care after his injury troubles.

The Northern Ireland international has been battling a foot problem for most of the year.

having managed just 74 minutes in total previously this term.



Evans could now make his first Premier League start since April against Burnley on Saturday but Rodgers knows he cannot be rushed.

He said: “It’s about managing Jonny. It’s his first 90 minutes since earlier in the year. It’s managing that process and seeing how the foot reacts.

“It’s a long season. I’m delighted he’s got the game time and in and, absolutely, when he is playing we are a better team.

“He gives great authority and assurance to the backline and the team overall because of his tactical ability and the way he plays the game.

“We’ll see if he can start and, if not, he will certainly be on the bench. We know we have other really important games ahead.”

Along with Evans, Ayoze Perez is available after serving a three-game ban after being sent off in the 4-1 defeat at West Ham last month. James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (broken leg) remain out for the Foxes.

Leicester lost 2-1 at Brighton on Sunday as they look for consistency in the Premier League, having also blown a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Napoli in the Europa League last week.

Rodgers added: “We are very focused on improving. I never get too high when we win or too low when we lose. We have a brilliant bunch of players and I know we want better results but it’s over the course of 38 games.

“In the second half against Brighton and against Millwall it was a lot more like us in terms of our spirit, some of our football and intensity. That’s the challenge, we have to repeat that and make that consistent.

“The players are human, they will make mistakes, I will make mistakes and we’ll do everything we can do to be better in our next game.”

 

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Lage: Jimenez ‘needs to adapt’ to cope with head protector

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Lage: Jimenez ‘needs to adapt’ to cope with head protector

Wolves manager Bruno Lage has insisted that Raul Jimenez must continue to wear his head protector for his own safety.

Ten months ago, Jimenez suffered a fractured skull against from a challenge with David Luiz. He has worn a protective headband since returning to action.

The striker is yet to score so far this term. He removed his guard last weekend after missing a headed chance against Brentford at Molineux.



He even posted pictures of Twitter of himself with and without the aid, but Lage says there is no room for debate on the subject.

“It was one thing that happened and I don’t think it will happen anymore. He knows,” said Lage.

“He needs to adapt, it’s not a normal thing. This is needed to protect him. After the process we did to recover him we need to help him adapt.

“There is an emotional side, he had a big chance to help us score a goal and to help us fight for points in that game. I didn’t say to Raul to take it off so it was a big surprise for me but sometimes you need to understand the emotional thing.

“It was an easy header but also you need to understand the point of view from the player. You try to do the movement and you have now, like two fingers in front of his head, when he does the movement the ball is already touching his head.

“It’s a different way you’re trying to do it, it’s like heading with a helmet, but he is adapting well. In that period it was frustrating and emotional from losing that chance but he knows the protocol.”

Scoring against Southampton on Sunday would be the best kind of tonic for the 30-year-old, who has never gone six Premier League games without a goal since he arrived at Molineux in 2018.

Having netted only twice in their five league outings to date, Wolves cannot wait for his fortunes to change either.

“Every day we are working hard in training to score goals, so he knows that he has that pressure on his shoulders,” said Lage.

“He know he needs to score goals, our fans are waiting for him to score goals. He scored three or four in the pre-season and the goals are coming.”

Lage has been working with a limited first-team squad since arriving at the club and lost another couple of players in the midweek penalty defeat to Tottenham in the EFL Cup. Rayan Ait Nouri (concussion) and Yerson Mosquera (hamstring) are the latest to drop out of contention and while Lage has half an eye on the free transfer market, he is looking for quality additions.

“What I am not looking for is players just to fill the squad, those players I don’t want,” he said.

“We need to bring two to three more players to have more competition. We need guys to help us, not players to fill up the squad or I would prefer working the way we are working with these guys.”

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