Ricardo Pereira

Ricardo To Return – Rodgers Reveals Latest Fitness News

Ricardo Pereira will re-join Leicester City’s squad ahead of this weekend’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, according to Brendan Rodgers.
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- Ricardo Pereira back in contention to play for Leicester City following injury
- Brendan Rodgers gave an update on his contention on Thursday
- The Foxes face Tottenham Hotspur at King Power Stadium this Saturday
- Boubakary Soumaré is not far away from being ready to return
- Updates were also provided on Jonny Evans, Wilfred Ndidi and Ryan Bertrand

The Portuguese full-back, out of action since suffering an Achilles injury during the pre-season encounter with Sevilla last July, played in a friendly at LCFC Training Ground earlier this week.

Approaching Saturday’s 3pm GMT kick-off against the Lilywhites at King Power Stadium, there was welcome news to bring on the injury front, with fellow full-back Ryan Bertrand also featuring for the Under-21s following a knee issue.

“He (Ricardo) has looked great, so he’ll come into the squad, which is great news for us,” the 50-year-old told the media on Thursday afternoon. “He played 70 minutes in a game on Tuesday. Him and Ryan Bertrand played in that.

“Those two have been out for a long, long time, but both did very well, got through the game, which is fantastic. Ricardo is probably a bit further down the line than Ryan.”

Elsewhere, Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi has recovered from a recent muscle concern, while also missing out on the win at Aston Villa. Midfielder Boubakary Soumaré may not be far away from a return himself, following a hamstring strain.

Jonny has worked well, just a couple of little niggles from him coming back, having been out for so long, so we’ll assess how he is tomorrow.

Brendan Rodgers on Jonny Evans

“Bouba has looked very good,” Rodgers said, assessing the Frenchman’s condition. “He probably won’t be ready for the weekend, so I think it’s going to be Manchester United for him. But he’s back earlier than was anticipated – about five-and-a-half weeks.

“I think at the time we mentioned about eight [weeks] for someone with that injury. He needs to build up a little bit more fitness. He’s looked good in the couple of sessions that he’s had and he’ll continue with that. And then by the time we get to Manchester United, I think he’ll be in a good place.”

On Ndidi, he added: “He’s back in training and hopefully should be fine for the weekend.”

Captain Jonny Evans’ recovery from a calf injury is ongoing, meanwhile. The 35-year-old centre-back has not featured for the Foxes in the Premier League since early October.

City’s manager explained: “Jonny has worked well, just a couple of little niggles from him coming back, having been out for so long, so we’ll assess how he is tomorrow.”




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