James Maddison has returned to training but remains a doubt for Leicester City’s home game against Newcastle United on Sunday. Maddison rejoined his team-mates on the training bikes at the Foxes’ Belvoir Drive headquarters after being rated a serious doubt for the visit of the Magpies earlier in the week.
The England hopeful took a knock to his ankle in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur and was seen leaving King Power Stadium with the joint strapped in ice.
Although it was a positive sign, if he were fully fit he would have been out on the training pitch later with the other players that were rested from Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win at Luton Town.
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The rest of the players that sat out the 4-0 win at Kenilworth Road, such as Jamie Vardy and Ben Chilwell, will return to Brendan Rodgers’ line-up as the Foxes go in search of their fourth Premier League win of the season.
Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce has provided an updates on the status of five of his players who have had injury issues, confirming midfielder Sean Longstaff is now available after an ankle problem of his own.
Andy Carroll, who made his second Magpies debut in last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion, is good to go again off the bench and Allan Saint-Maximin will also be OK for Sunday’s encounter.
Bruce revealed US international full-back DeAndre Yedlin is close enough to full fitness that he can again be considered, although it looks like next week’s home game against Manchester United is a more realistic target for him.
However, Jonjo Shelvey has been ruled out of the trip to King Power Stadium. “Jonjo Shelvey has a problem with a hamstring – he’s out,” said Bruce on Friday.
“He’s got a grade two hamstring and that’s a couple of weeks. It [happened] in the game last week. He has been hampered with it for a long time, last year too, it’s not 100 per cent right. I do think he’s been playing with it. We will now take this opportunity to make sure it’s right.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.