James set for New Year return

After rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament over six months ago, Matty James looks finally ready to make a return to the Leicester City team in the near future.

This will be welcome news to Foxes' supporters as the talented and popular midfielder returns to the first-team fold after a long absence.

The Manchester mentality

Since moving to Leicester City from Manchester United over three years ago, James has really endeared himself to the King Power Stadium faithful. Paying a reported £1 million for the former England youth international, the Foxes looked like they had secured a bargain.

Forging impressive partnerships with the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Argentine superstar Esteban Cambiasso, the 24-year-old has developed into an excellent holding midfielder during his three years in the Midlands.

Having gained silverware (in the form of the Championship title) since Nigel Pearson struck a deal for Englishman, he seems to have taken his 'winners' mentality gained at Old Trafford and transferred it to Leicestershire.

As a matter of fact, down to his stunning performances for the current Premier League outfit (which has included six goals and nine assists in over 80 appearances), the Lancashire-born midfielder earned himself a new deal with the Foxes as he penned a lucrative four-year contract in July 2014.

Injury set-back

As a result of a cruciate ligament injury sustained in the Foxes' 2-0 victory over Southampton last campaign, James' progress has stalled. The ex-Preston North End man has been out since May 2015 but Claudio Ranieri has revealed he may make a return sooner rather than later.

The Italian suggested that the midfielder may be able to make appearances for Leicester's U-21 team before making a comeback in early 2016. Nevertheless, he will come up against stiff competition from the likes of Drinkwater, N'Golo Kante, Andy King and even Gokhan Inler to regain a place  back in the Foxes' first XI.