Jonny Evans has been playing through injury to help inspire Leicester City over the past three games.
The centre-back headed in the equaliser at Southampton on Friday night to earn a point for City, his second goal in three matches after he scored his first of the season in the win over West Brom.
He also produced an outstanding goal-saving tackle in the victory over Crystal Palace, later setting up the winner with a long ball to Kelechi Iheanacho.
Those performances and valuable contributions have come in spite of injury, Evans’ manager Brendan Rodgers said after the defender was seen limping following the draw with the Saints.
He’s been dealing with an issue in his plantar fascia, a ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot.
Asked for his verdict on Evans’ performance, Rodgers said in his post-match press conference: “It’s like what he’s been. He’s been an incredible player for us.
“You see his fight and determination to get to the ball and get the header.
“He’s had an issue with his plantar fascia. It hurt him right towards the end of the game but he wanted to continue playing. I haven’t seen him afterwards to see how good or bad it is.
“He’s consistently at the highest level and we’re very lucky to have him.”
Evans has not been without his injury problems this season. He missed the win at Leeds in November with a back problem, and then was absent for the trips to Burnley and Brighton in March with a calf strain.
City will hope he can remain fit for the final month of the campaign, especially as the current back three, made up of Evans, Wesley Fofana, and Caglar Soyuncu, are yet to lose a game together.
Evans has a week to recover, with City next in action against Newcastle on Friday, with a huge fortnight following as they play Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham in the Premier League, plus the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.