Jonny Evans

Rodgers' Pre-West Ham Fitness Update: Evans, Vardy & Praet

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Jonny Evans and Jamie Vardy are in contention to feature in Sunday's game against West Ham United (12pm kick-off).
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- Leicester City host West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday (12pm kick-off)
- Manager Brendan Rodgers provides an update on Evans, Vardy and Dennis Praet
- Evans and Vardy were both replaced late on against Manchester City last weekend
- Midfielder Praet is also in contention after being substituted in the victory over Man City

Rodgers' side welcome the Hammers to King Power Stadium in the Premier League this weekend, looking to build on winning their first three league games of the season, to sit top in the early league standings.

And the Foxes received a boost this week with the news that Evans and Vardy, who were both substituted in the 5-2 victory over Manchester City, have come through training unscathed this week.

Evans, who was suspended at the start of the season, also picked up a thigh injury that cleared up in time for him to return against the Citizens, in which he played 80 minutes. 

City's number nine, meanwhile, scored a hat-trick at Etihad Stadium, before being substituted in the 85th minute for Kelechi Iheanacho

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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick in the 5-2 victory over Manchester City before being replaced by Kelechi Iheanacho late on.

"Jonny is fine. Thankfully he just felt it a little tight but it was more having played his first game, so he was okay," the Leicester manager commented on Friday.

"And like I said afterwards, Jamie is absolutely fine.

"He has this little something in his hip which takes a few days to settle down and he's fine, he's okay."

Rodgers also revealed that Belgium midfielder Dennis Praet could be available for this weekend's fixture, after being replaced 69 minutes into last weekend's win in Manchester, due to injury.

"Dennis, we'll see how he is," Rodgers added.

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Dennis Praet
Dennis Praet

Dennis Praet started in Leicester City's 5-2 win over Manchester City, but was replaced by James Maddison after 69 minutes.

"He's trained but we just need to see what the reaction is for that. Obviously he came off but that wasn't as serious as what we thought."

The Northern Irishman provided an update on new signing, Cengiz Ünder, who has trained at Belvoir Drive this week following his season-long loan move from AS Roma.

"He'll be available for the squad," the 47-year-old explained. "We've seen in the first few days, his quality.

"He's got big quality and he wants to run in behind, he's direct and there's going to be a period of adaptability for him in terms of the training.

"He's coming into England where the intensity of the game is different to what he's used to, so he'll settle in over these next couple of weeks."

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