Leicester handed huge boost as Rodgers reveals Fofana update

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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers and defender Wesley Fofana

Leicester defender Wesley Fofana could make his return to fitness this month, his manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed.

The French centre-half has not played a single game this campaign after suffering a broken leg and ankle ligament damage in the club’s final pre-season match against Villarreal.

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“He’s doing terrific and he will look to join the squad the week beginning February 14, which is great news for us. He’s working very hard with our medical team and sports science team,” said Rodgers.

“He’s on this final period now before he rejoins the main squad and then we will just assess it from there and see where he is at in that first week and then hopefully, somewhere in February, he will be close to playing.”

Rodgers admitted his team have missed the 21-year-old during his absence.

“I think you can see his importance, you’ve seen what we’ve missed throughout the season,” said the Leicester boss.

“Those final few pre-season games, especially in the Villarreal game, you saw the quality in him and the quality he gives the team.

“So to have that injury to such an important player for us, especially given how we play, we like to play with a high line and be aggressive and defend forward and we brought him in for that reason.

“Even though he is so young he plays with such personality and maturity – it was a huge blow for us.”

Leicester chose not to bring in another centre-back in January despite a number of injuries and Rodgers has denied being frustrated at the decision.

“We have ambitions here and it was the reason I came to Leicester City. I’m not here to go through the motions. But it’s all about timing. The club is financially run well.

“In the main we have recruited well, you don’t get them all right. We are not a club that can spend endless pots of money. Where the confusion is that we’ve been a team up there challenging.

“The planning is well under way for the summer. The supporters will want to do that now, but if it’s not possible, we work with what we have.”