Mad­di­son re­turn lifts Le­ices­ter

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By John Percy

James Mad­di­son is poised to make his first Le­ices­ter City start in three months, as Bren­dan Rodgers tar­gets an­other ex­tended cup run.

Mad­di­son will face Arse­nal in tonight’s Carabao Cup tie as the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional steps up his re­cov­ery from a hip in­jury.

The £21mil­lion sign­ing missed the fi­nal six games of Le­ices­ter’s run-in last sea­son in a ma­jor blow to Rodgers’s hopes of se­cur­ing a Cham­pi­ons League place.

But he has come through two ap­pear­ances as a sub­sti­tute this sea­son and Rodgers is ready to start him in the third-round tie.

“James needs the min­utes, he’s been out for a long time,” said Rodgers. “It’s over three months that he’s been out and he’s only been train­ing for two weeks. He will def­i­nitely start on Wed­nes­day.”

Le­ices­ter reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup quar­ter-finals last sea­son and Rodgers is de­ter­mined to make an­other big im­pact in cup com­pe­ti­tions. He said: “We want to do well, the same idea as last sea­son.

“I will make changes, I want to have a look at some young play­ers. Pri­mar­ily, it’s a team we’ll send out to get through. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing the team play. We’ve got a lot of com­pe­ti­tions we’re in, and we want to do well in them.”

West Bromwich man­ager Slaven Bilic has been charged with im­proper con­duct by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. He went on to the pitch at half-time in his side’s de­feat by Ever­ton on Satur­day and was shown a red card by ref­eree Mike Dean for his protests.

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