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Rodgers provides Leicester fitness update ahead of FA Cup final

Brendan Rodgers has provided fitness updates on his Leicester side ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup final with Chelsea at Wembley.

Leicester travel to the national stadium looking to win the FA Cup for the first time in their history tomorrow evening, the Foxes arriving in confident mood following a midweek win at Manchester United.

Ahead of the clash, Rodgers has been discussing his side’s fitness issues and says Jonny Evans will be assessed late on ahead of potential involvement.

 

The veteran defender has missed the last two fixtures with a heel problem, though Rodgers is hopeful the centre-back will be available to take the field.

“We’ll give him another day, he’s progressed really well in this last 24 hours,” Rodgers told his pre-match press conference.

“He was outside today and he looked really good. We’ll see what the reaction is after that and then we’ll make a final decision on that tomorrow, but we’re really hopeful.

“It’s just a discussion between myself and Jonny. Ultimately, you’ve always got to speak to the players. Jonny’s a warrior, so I know if there’s any way he can play, even if he’s not 100 per cent, he’ll be out there.

“We’re still very positive he’s going to play. It’s a showpiece game, so of course you want to be involved.

“In my time at the Club, he’s been immense. We’ve got other players to come in, but if Jonny’s fit and available to play, it’s a huge boost for us.”

The Foxes boss also discussed the prospect of both James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira featuring, with both players short of match fitness ahead of the clash.

“On James Maddison, there’s probably not a coach or a manager in the country who rates him as highly as I do,” Rodgers added.

“I know what his qualities are and I know what he can give a team. There will be other players, like Ricardo Pereira. We’ve all seen over the last number of years the levels he can get to.

“Ultimately, in these games, it’s about more than that, it’s about more than the talent.

“You have to weigh up the physical nature of the game, what you want out of the game, and then try and strategise the game because if players aren’t quite to the level you would want them to be at, do they have an impact at a different time in the game?

“This is all part of the strategy and the plan that we’ll arrive into the game with. That’s something we’ll come up with over this final 24 hours beforehand.”

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