Maddison return lifts Leicester
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.