Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers: Everyone Fit & Fine

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says the Foxes have no injury concerns ahead of Saturday's clash with Arsenal at King Power Stadium.
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- Brendan Rodgers says there are no fresh injuries to worry about ahead of facing Arsenal on Saturday
- Leicester City entertain the Gunners at King Power Stadium in a 5:30pm kick-off
- The Foxes manager also provided an update on the recovery of Matty James from an Achilles injury

City's final Premier League fixture ahead of the third international break of the 2019/20 campaign sees third take on fifth on Filbert Way following an encouraging start for both sides.

Rodgers' men have won their last four matches in all competitions, while the Gunners were held 1-1 by Vitória S.C. in the UEFA Europa League on Wednesday evening.

Asked to provide his weekly fitness update ahead of the 5:30pm GMT kick-off on Saturday evening, Rodgers said simply: "Everyone's fit and fine."

Meanwhile, the Foxes manager also paid tribute to the application of all players at the Club for their application in training, whether they're playing regularly or not.

The players have been absolutely first-class. It comes from training. Not just the players who are playing, but also the ones who are not playing.

Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers believes the efforts his entire squad is a factor behind City's best-ever start to a Premier League season as it pushes the players to up their performance levels.

Leicester have the second-best attacking record in the division, coupled with the joint-best defensive statistics - and Rodgers says both are the product of hard work at Belvoir Drive.

"That’s the idea when you play football," he continued. "Firstly, you’ve got to defend well, you’ve got to work on it every day, and then of course, you can have more opportunities to score goals. 

"The players have been absolutely first-class. It comes from training. Not just the players who are playing, but also the ones who are not playing. 

"Players like Christian Fuchs, Wes Morgan, James Justin… they’re all working so hard in training, even though they’re not playing much, and that helps the players who are playing."

[Matty James'] football brain is fantastic and he will fit into what I’m doing. We’re not trying to rush him, I want to give him time and let him get fit and we’ll take it from there.

Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers also provided an update on Matty James, whose most recent appearance for the Foxes came in January 2019, due to an ongoing Achilles problem. 

The Northern Irishman says James, 28, has engaged in training with his team-mates over recent weeks and his progress will be monitored carefully by the Club's medical department.

"Matty has been out with the squad," he added. "He’s doing certain elements of training and then he’ll go away and do his individual work. Apart from everyone else who is fit and fine, he’s a miss.

"He’s been so unfortunate. In terms of how I want to work and ideas for the team, he gets it 100 per cent, he’s just been really unlucky with his injuries and that’s affected his physicality.

"Hopefully we can get him back to a level. His football brain is fantastic and he fits into what I’m doing. We’re not trying to rush him, I want to give him time and let him get fit and we’ll take it from there."

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