Leicester have confirmed that James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Christian Fuchs will play no part in their remaining two Premier League fixtures through injury.
Brendan Rodgers is trying to keep hold of a top four spot this season, a position that looked certain to be theirs before the top flight resumed. Just two wins from eight matches since has seen their stranglehold on a Champions League berth loosen, although Thursday's victory over Sheffield United means they still remain in contention.
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In order to achieve their goals, however, they will need to do so without key trio Maddison, Chilwell and Fuchs. Maddison has not featured in the Foxes' last four matches due to a hip injury, while Chilwell hasn't played since their win over Crystal Palace after injuring his foot.
"Ben and James won't play for the rest of the season. We've got a few injuries which have been unfortunate for us," Rodgers said, via Sky Sports.
Fuchs, meanwhile, will also miss the beginning of next season, in what is set to be his sixth and final season at King Power Stadium.
The news will come as a major blow to Leicester's hopes of qualifying for elite European competition, as Manchester United remain hot on their heels in search of fourth spot. The Foxes face Tottenham in north London next up, before hosting the Red Devils in what could be a deciding fixture in both clubs' seasons.
Rodgers opted to change his system for the victory over the Blades, reverting to a back three and handing 19-year-old Luke Thomas his Premier League debut as a wing-back to compensate for Chilwell's absence.
"I thought we were brilliant [against the Blades]," Rodgers added. "Sheffield United deserve so much credit for how they work and how Chris (Wilder) has got them playing this season but I thought we were outstanding in all facets of the game."
Source : 90min