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Brendan Rodgers assesses James Maddison’s Euros chances ahead of injury comeback

James Maddison is ready to return for Leicester on Saturday as he bids to gatecrash England’s Euro squad.

The attacking ace,24, has missed six games with a hip injury sustained at Aston Villa.

It halted the star’s red-hot form after he amassed 11 goals and six assists this term.

But Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers says the ace is now back in training and will be in his squad for Manchester City’s visit in the Premier League.

Rodgers said: “He is back in training and will be available for the weekend which is great news for us.

“Clearly he is not 100 % match fit but in terms of his football fitness he looks great.

“The last few weeks he has been working with the team and the players we have available.

Brendan Rodgers is delighted to have England prospect James Maddison back fit for Leicester’s run-in

“This week he has stepped it up and looks great which is really good news.

“Hopefully he can stay fit now until the end of the season.

“I know the qualities of James Maddison.

“He has been a huge player for me in my time here.

“I always believe he is only going to get better.”

Portuguese full-back Ricardo Pereira is also back in training and set to be in this weekend’s squad too.

While fellow attacking ace Harvey Barnes is expected to return to training later this month.

Maddison is not guaranteed to walk straight into Leicester’s team after three straight wins with Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy upfront and Ayoze Perez in behind.

But Rodgers insists Maddison, who has one cap, should still have enough time to make a case for inclusion in England’s squad for this summer’s tournament.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers reckons James Maddison will be able to stake a claim for the England squad in the run-in

Rodgers added: “He has shown consistently the level of performance that warrants a place within the squad.

“But it is a very competitive and very talented squad.

“If he can get back playing and get back to the level he has been at then it gives Gareth and his staff a decision to make.

“Of course he would love to be in that squad.

“He just needs to concentrate on getting back for Leicester and getting back into some sort of rhythm to finish the season strong, then that is all you can do.”

Manchester City will be saying farewell to striker Sergio Aguero this summer

Rodgers has hailed Sergio Aguero as a Manchester City icon after reflecting on the out-going striker’s spell since joining a decade ago for £38million.

Rodgers said: “He came in here as a very young player and his first game was against my Swansea team.

“He scored two goals – one at the back post when he slid in and then one from about 25 yards which was an incredible goal into the top corner.

“He has continued to do that over the last decade.

“He gets on with his work and has been a real iconic figure for them.”




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