Leicester City may have one player make their return from injury against Everton.
Timothy Castagne is close to full fitness and will either make his first appearance in 12 games against the Toffees, or, if not, he will play at Tottenham on Sunday.
The summer signing has not played since the 1-0 win at Arsenal in late October after suffering a hamstring injury.
But he’s now very close to a return, with Brendan Rodgers waiting for the green light on the Belgian.”
“Timothy, we’ll wait to see if we get the go ahead,” said Rodgers as he gave an injury update on Tuesday.
Read the latest on Caglar Soyuncu and Ricardo Pereira’s injuries here.
City have evolved beyond Ancelotti verdict
Leicester City have evolved and are more than just the counter-attacking side Carlo Ancelotti thinks they are, Brendan Rodgers has said.
City welcome Ancelotti’s Everton side to the King Power Stadium on Wednesday night, with the Italian boss having told his players to be wary of speedy breaks to set up chances for Jamie Vardy.
“We need to defend well, be focused there, and not let them have the possibility to play on the counter-attack,” Ancelotti said on Tuesday.
“It is really difficult (to play against Leicester). They have players with quality, fast players, a fantastic striker in Vardy who is used to scoring in every game. Their best quality is their style of attack, it is really efficient.”
But while Rodgers does hope his side can take any opportunities they get to counter the Toffees, he believes their season so far has proven they are not a one-trick pony.
Read Rodgers’ response in full here.
Title race will be tight to the end
Leicester City will look to move ahead of the pack on Wednesday in what could be the tightest title race in years.
A City win over Everton at the King Power Stadium, followed by a draw between Liverpool and Tottenham, will leave Brendan Rodgers’ side leading the way after 13 games.
However, a poor result could lead to a sharp drop down the table, with just seven points separating the top half ahead of the midweek round of fixtures, the smallest-ever gap between first and 10th after 12 games in Premier League history.
Rodgers believes that trend will continue, although he thinks the teams competing in Europe will be fresher now they have a break from continental competition, and so the table might get stretched.
City, who too have a break from Europa League action, will hope to keep pace, although Rodgers is not yet including his team in the race, even if he admits the club have proven once before that anything can happen.
Read what Rodgers had to say on the title race here.
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Five January games moved for TV
Kick-off times for Leicester City’s five Premier League fixtures in January have been confirmed.
City will start 2021 as they did 2020, with a trip to Newcastle, but the game is now taking place on Sunday, January 3, kicking off at 2.15pm, with the match live on Sky Sports.
Brendan Rodgers then takes his side to Stoke for the FA Cup, before resuming Premier League action at home to Southampton on Saturday, January 16, the match starting at 8pm on BT Sport.
City are then in midweek action at home to Chelsea, with kick-off at 8.15pm on Sky Sports on Tuesday, January 19.
The following weekend will see City in FA Cup fourth-round action should they see off Stoke, before they play another midweek Premier League game, this time at Everton on Wednesday, January 27. That’s an 8.15pm start on BT Sport.
City round off the month with a home clash against Leeds United on Sunday, January 31, at 2.15pm. That’s on Sky Sports.