Ricardo Pereira

Ricardo 'Could' Be Available For Saints Match-Up

Enzo Maresca says a decision will be made on Ricardo Pereira's fitness ahead of Tuesday's visit of Southampton.
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- Leicester City host Southampton at King Power Stadium on Tuesday
- Manager Enzo Maresca has provided an update on Ricardo Pereira's availability
- The full-back was a substitute for Saturday's euphoric 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion
- Maresca says everyone knows their roles within the squad 

The Leicester City full-back was unused from the bench in Saturday's 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion as Maresca looks to manage the Portuguese's fitness levels at a pivotal time of the season.

City head into Tuesday's clash in the driving seat for promotion, but face a Saints side who, aside from their loss at Cardiff City on Saturday, have been in fine form over recent weeks. 

"Ricky was on the bench [vs. West Brom], he could be available for Tuesday," Maresca said. "Now we’ll see. We have two days.


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"He didn’t train all week with us. Even [Friday], he was not with us. I spoke to him and we decided, at this stage of the season, that even five or 10 minutes, every player is important.

"We said: ‘Come with us in case we need – hopefully not – but you can come in’."

Hamza Choudhury deputised for Ricardo on Saturday, putting in a Man of the Match display on Filbert Way. Maresca, though, says he will make the decision which is best for the game in question on Tuesday evening.

"Hamza was fantastic," he explained. "Hamza knows very well his role. Sometimes when Harry Winks didn't play, he played as a No.6. Most of times when Ricky was out, he played there. He did fantastic always.

"A big part of where we are is because of Ricky."




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