Chris Davies talks ahead of Leicester v Newcastle and says key man is set to be missing
It is Leicester v Newcastle on Sunday, the hosts looking to cement their place in the top three, whilst the visitors attempt to stay out of the bottom three.
Leicester made seven changes on Tuesday night but coasted to an easy 4-0 win at Luton to put them in the last sixteen.
Luton made 10 changes themselves which ensured Leicester didn’t have to break seat as they totally dominated a Luton reserve side.
After the game, Leicester City assistant boss Chris Davies was on media duties and indicated their star player is set to miss the Newcastle game: ‘Madders, he obviously has a knock on his ankle and he looks a doubt for the weekend. We will see how he goes and how he recovers next week.’
With the Leicester assistant already talking about next week for the exciting midfielder, it looks all but certain James Maddison will be missing on Sunday.
Whilst Leicester have real strength in depth, it would be a real boost for Newcastle United. For me he is the most exciting midfielder in the Premier League this season with his ability to beat his man and create chances & score goals. He is surely the ultimate example as well of a player who would already have picked up numerous England caps if he was at Tottenham or similar,quite ridiculous he hasn’t played for England yet.
Maddison wasn’t involved last night but after scoring that excellent winner against Tottenham, is clearly still struggling with that ankle injury.
Ayoze Perez put in his best performance so far for Leicester on Saturday in that win over Tottenham and was one of four players to keep their places, setting up the first goal for Gray last night and then subbed on 71 minutes, indicating his likely starting place on Sunday against Newcastle.
Chris Davies says that the Leicester management were very pleased with that easy 4-0 win over Luton and it has perfectly set them up for Newcastle:
“The objective was to get through to the next round but to score four goals and keep a clean sheet, to perform so well, we are very pleased with that.
“We controlled the game from start to finish, we pressed well, recovered the ball quickly and created chances.
“In the previous game (League Cup game) against Newcastle away, we kept the team pretty much the same, we didn’t make many changes. Tonight we had seven changes.
“We felt it was the right time to give the players an opportunity, they were in the right rhythm to go and make an impact and you see the importance of the squad, it gives certain players on the outside of the regular starting team a lift as they performed very well.
“It’s one game at a time.
“It was all about Luton. We will recover, reflect and now it’s all about Newcastle.
“We played very well and we controlled the game, moved the ball well, moved the ball quickly and we created chances.
“It carried on from Spurs to this and now we have to keep that momentum going into Newcastle.”
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