Brendan Rodgers has given the following update on the availability of midfielder James Maddison for the Newcastle match this Sunday:
“We’ll see over the next couple of days. He’s obviously going to be a doubt. “He’s put some weight on his ankle so we’ll see over the coming days. He’s a big talent and he’s been playing great. We’ve got a really strong squad.
“We made some changes in the week, and the rhythm, speed and intensity in the team was the same.
“It’s just the risk of whether he’s going to last the game or not. It’s questionable whether he’ll play or not. He’s such a talented player, we’ll give him every chance.
“It just means we need to look at the creative side to our game. A player of that importance, of course, it’s always disappointing if he’s not available.
“Our success will be based around the team. If he’s not available, we’ll have someone to come in and it’s a great opportunity.”
So it’s up in the air at the moment whether Newcastle will have to face the talented 22-year-old. Maddison injured his ankle late in Leicester City’s victory against Tottenham last weekend. He was able to make it through the game but only because Rodgers had no more substitutions available.
Maddison was featured in some images of the team training yesterday. However, he was only spotted peddling on an exercise bike.
Someone say 'training pics'? ?
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If Maddison is unable to go on Sunday, we would imagine Dennis Praet, who signed this summer from Sampdoria, would get the nod. Praet had been linked to Newcastle for a few years before his move to Leicester.