Brendan Rodgers warns Wesley Fofana to be cautious despite his dangerous return to Leicester


Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has stressed Wesley Fofana needs to be treated with care after the defender’s memorable return on Thursday.

Fofana marked his first appearance since breaking his leg last season by scoring the goal that sent the Foxes into the Europa Conference League quarterfinals.

While Leicester were beaten at Rennes in the Round of 16 second leg, the 21-year-old’s header early in the second half of the 2-1 defeat saw them lead 3-2 on aggregate.

They now meet PSV Eindhoven, with the winner meeting Roma or Bodo/Glimt in the semifinals.

Speaking to Premier League Productions ahead of Sunday’s home game against Brentford, Rodgers said of Fofana: “To be out for so long with a player of that quality and that mentality – he’s an elite young player who will develop into a top-class player – it’s always tempting to use it, but we just have to be careful with it.

“He’s a fantastic talent but with the injury he’s had and especially the short recovery time in between…we’ll weigh it up in the next day or so.

“It’s just great to have him back on the pitch. You see his influence, his mentality, that competitive edge.

“You can always draw a line for me with the top players between their talent and their ability and I see that every day when he trains and he brings that to the pitch. You see his determination to get up and head it and score.

“So I’m glad to have him back, but we just have to assess him daily now.”

Marc Albrighton (groin) and Wilfred Ndidi (knee) are also under investigation after being injured during Thursday’s competition, with Rodgers saying the latter “potentially picked up an injury that could keep him out for a few weeks”.

Caglar Soyuncu and Patson Daka did not travel to France due to illness – Soyuncu is expected to be fit again on Sunday but Daka does not appear to be available.

Rodgers has also said that Jonny Evans is “close to being a part of the squad” and that Timothy Castagne is also close to being engaged after suffering hamstring and hamstring injuries respectively.

Meanwhile Jamie Vardy continues his recovery from a knee problem and Rodgers said: “Hopefully Jamie should be back training with us within the next week or so so that’s great news.

“Maybe he won’t be too far away after the international break.” Brendan Rodgers warns Wesley Fofana to be cautious despite his dangerous return to Leicester

Andrew Schnitker

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