Serie-A News: Leicester City sweats over Evans’ fitness after injury


Jonny Evans may have suffered a new injury setback with Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers revealing that he will need to be evaluated.

Evans returned to Leicester’s starting lineup for Thursday’s 2-2 draw against Napoli in the Europa League after a foot injury but was replaced at half-time.

The Northern Irishman had returned to the competitive arena for the first time since his FA Cup victory in May as a substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City.

Rodgers declined to elaborate on the details of the injury, but admitted Evans was doubtful about Sunday’s Premier League clash with Brighton.

“It will probably be fine,” Rodgers said when asked if the problem will affect Evans’ availability.

“I heard he was struggling to push, so we’ll see how he is in the next 24-48 hours.”

The former Manchester United defender made 28 league appearances last season for the Foxes.

Leicester were 2-0 up against Napoli after goals from Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes, before Victor Osimhen’s double at the end earned the visitors a point.

Wilfred Ndidi was shown a second yellow card in injury time to compound a disappointing end to the game for Leicester.

“We are obviously sorry we didn’t win the game,” said Rodgers. “We were in a great position, but we were playing against a very experienced team and we couldn’t do it. We will learn from that.

“I told the players later, there were a lot of good things in the game, but we have to hold the ball better because in the end, when you don’t have that much ball and you’re chasing the game, you can get a little tired.

“We also had some players who got their first 90 minutes of the season, and then obviously their great striker [Osimhen], which is £ 70m, so you can see his quality and he gets his two goals.

“Overall, if you can’t win it, even if we were in a good position, you make sure you don’t lose it and the point is a start for us. Now we have another nine or ten to do. “


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