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Rodgers Provides Pre-Bournemouth Fitness Update

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says Sunday's Premier League clash with AFC Bournemouth is likely to come too soon for injured duo Ben Chilwell and James Maddison.
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- Brendan Rodgers gives an update on the fitness of Ben Chilwell and James Maddison
- Leicester City travel to face AFC Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday (7pm kick-off)
- Chilwell (foot) and Maddison (hip) both missed Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium and are set to miss out again this weekend
- You can listen to live coverage of Sunday’s game for free on LCFC Radio

A second away game of the week awaits for the Foxes on Sunday, with Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth the hosts for Gameweek 35 of the Premier League campaign.

City go into the 7pm kick-off having accrued four points from the last two fixtures, including a 1-1 draw with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Rodgers' men, now sitting fourth in the top-flight table, could once again be without Chilwell (foot) and Maddison (hip) for the trip to the south coast.

I think both those boys will most likely be out for the game and then we’ll assess them before the Sheffield United game, to see where they are at.

Brendan Rodgers

Both players missed the stalemate at Emirates Stadium, while Maddison also sat out of last weekend’s home win over Crystal Palace.

Chilwell, meanwhile, lasted just 45 minutes in that fixture at King Power Stadium, with the England left-back brought off at half-time due to a foot injury.

“I think both those boys will most likely be out for the game," Rodgers revealed to the national and international media in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

“And then we’ll assess them before the Sheffield United game to see where they are at.

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James Maddison
James Maddison

City's No.10 has not featured since the Foxes' defeat at Everton on 1st July.

“It’s too far away [to know if they will make that game] so we’ll see how we are over the course of the week.”

Rodgers also talked about the impact of playing so many fixtures in a short space of time and believes the overall fitness of his squad has been boosted since the restart thanks to the tireless work behind the scenes.

The Northern Irishman added: “The games are so close and obviously you don’t have a long time to prepare going in to the games, but the players’ professionalism has been first class. 

“And the recovery strategies that we've had with the sports science and medical teams have been brilliant, so we’ve been able to get the players recovered and then physically and tactically ready for the games."

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