Enzo Maresca provides an update on Leicester City’s injured players ahead of the game against Swansea after the international break.
During the second international break of the season, Enzo Maresca will have opportunity to work with several members of his squad. After a stretch in which most weeks featured three games, City now enjoys a two-week vacation. The club has had a fantastic start under the Italian, as they currently sit atop the Championship table.
City defeated Stoke City 2-0 in their final game before the break, with to goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy. The victory gives the team 30 points out of a possible 33 so far this season.
Because of the tight Championship schedule, Maresca has had to shuffle his squad for crucial games. Six changes were made to the starting XI for the encounter against Stoke, with defender Harry Souttar making his first game of the season. Despite the upgrades, City is still dealing with injuries. With that in mind, here is a recap of the most recent news from the Seagrave treatment room.
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So far, the academy graduate has been one of the season’s standouts. As he established himself in City’s first squad, the 21-year-old has scored five goals in all competitions.
McAteer came on as a second-half substitute in the 4-1 win over Blackburn, however he only lasted 18 minutes due to a hamstring injury. He has been absent from the last two Championship games.
“It will be between four and six weeks,” Maresca stated. “We’re disappointed because he was doing so well. He’s a fantastic guy who is both joyful and hungry. It’s a pity for him. It’s only for six weeks, but it’s certainly a good time for him to recuperate after such a strong start. He’ll be back with us soon.”
Doyle was substituted at halftime in the match against Bristol City. He was seen leaving the King Power Stadium on crutches and with his knee braced after the game. The defender has since undergone surgery.
What Maresca stated on Doyle: “It will be between 12 and 16 weeks,” Maresca remarked. “I remarked in the press conference before Liverpool that he is the only left-footed player… We’ve had bad luck.
“We have Wilfred and Cesare, Kiernan and Yunus, Jamie and Kele, Abdul, Macca, Stephy, Marc, many wingers, but he was the only one in that position, so we were unfortunate.” We will make every effort to find a solution. JJ performed admirably against Liverpool and Bristol City. He could be the answer.”
Possible return date: 9 December vs. Plymouth
Mr. Dennis Praet
With a back ailment, the midfielder has missed the last seven games in all competitions. He discovered the issue in the run-up to last month’s Championship match against Huddersfield.
What Maresca has stated: “It’s an important injury,” he said at the beginning of the month. “It’ll be between 10 and 12 weeks.” It’s his spine.”
Possible return date: November 25 vs. Watford (H).
Due to injuries, the striker is one of two Manchester City recruits who have yet to make their debut. Before signing the forward on deadline day, City discovered a stress fracture in his back.
“It’s still the same process,” Maresca stated ahead of the game against Stoke City. “He’s a long way from joining us. He’ll keep going.”
Unknown possible return date