By Ben Dinnery

27th Jan, 2023 | 12:44pm

Expert: Brendan Rodgers ‘struggling’ at Leicester City amid ‘crisis’ claim

The injury crisis at Leicester City is worse than the current situation at Chelsea and Brendan Rodgers is feeling the effect.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.

Leicester City currently have eight first-team players on the sidelines after suffering a number of major injuries this season.

In particular, the Foxes are short in defence, with James Justin, Jonny Evans, Ryan Bertrand and Ricardo Pereira all spending time in the medical room.

James Maddison also endured a lengthy spell out injured, although Leicester were boosted by his return in the 2-2 draw against Brighton.

Dinnery believes the situation at Leicester is more impactful than the lengthy injury list plaguing Chelsea this season as Rodgers has a number of absentees in one position.

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It’s very in vogue to talk about Chelsea and their current crisis, but even when they have 10 players out through injury and suspension they can go and spend to fix the issue,” Dinnery told Football Insider.

But Brendan Rodgers is struggling with an equally lengthy injury list and Leicester are suffering a crisis of their own.

Premier League squads tend to be big enough nowadays to deal with injuries and cope, but Leicester have had a number of setbacks in similar positions and Under-21s are needed to provide backup from the bench.

There are a number of key defenders out in that team who would all strengthen the squad.

“The expectations at Leicester after what they’ve achieved in recent years is that they go out and compete in the top half of the table.

“But with key injuries we’ve seen them slip below the teams pushing for European places.”

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