Leicester City 1-1 Blackburn Rovers: Amartey scores on return in final pre-season tie
Daniel Amartey celebrates his opening strike against Blackburn | Photo: Getty/ Plumb Images

Leicester City concluded their pre-season schedule with a 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

Still working their way up to match fitness, it was another uninspiring display from the Foxes ahead of their first Premier League match of the season next week. Daniel Amartey, on his return from injury, had given Brendan Rodgers' side the lead with a near post header but Derrick Williams netted from a corner to see the game level. 

Story of the Match

Quiet affair in the East Midlands

Despite being the final pre-season clash for both sides, the first-half lacked any real quality and openings. There was two half-chances for each side's forwards to net the first goal though. 

Jamie Vardy tested Andy Fisher from range but it ended up being a comfortable stop for the Blackburn keeper. Then, Adam Armstrong, who netted 16 Championship goals last season, was inches away from scoring but just failed to get on the end of Ryan Nymabe's dangerous low cross.

Blackburn continue to probe

Tony Mowbray's men should really have gone ahead shortly after the break, with the hosts indebted to their goalkeeper Jakub Stolarczyk. Armstrong managed to steal the ball away from Josh Knight and broke at the Leicester box before playing the ball to Joe Rankin-Costello but the young goalkeeper held his powerful effort well.

The midfielder then tried again with a curling effort from inside the box but the Pole pawed the ball away.

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Amartey returns and scores

It was to be the Premier League side who managed to edge ahead and it was a very unlikely goalscorer in the form of Amartey. The Ghanaian made his first appearance in almost two years and netted just minutes later. From a corner, the ball slipped through the hands of Fisher as he tried to claim, handing Amartey an easy header which he converted at the near post.

Rovers could have claimed an equaliser in the closing stages through Harry Chapman. The 22-year-old tore into the Leicester box, evaded two challenges but fired a shot just beyond the far post.

Blackburn level late on

The Championship outfit did eventually get level though and it was a very simple goal. Jacob Davenport's corner floated into the near post, where Williams was waiting to flick home off of the back post to earn Blackburn a hard-fought draw in the East-Midlands ahead of their Championship opener against Bournemouth on Saturday.

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Takeaways

Work still needed for Leicester

With the full-time whistle going in this particular clash, it brings to an end Leicester's pre-season calendar and it really has not been ideal preparation. Throughout the match, there seemed to still be a lack of match fitness and sharpness which is slightly worrying ahead of next Sunday's clash against West Bromwich Albion

Whilst that is understandable considering that as many as 14 first team players were unavailable today due to a combination of international commitments and various injuries, there will certainly need to be improvement. 

Ndidi to deputise at centre-back?

One man who may have to be ready to be called upon immediately is Wilfred Ndidi. Making his first appearance of pre-season, the Nigerian was selected in the heart of defence and put in a very composed performance. He could well be played there against the Baggies next week considering that Jonny Evans is suspended and Wes Morgan is suffering with an injury. 

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More arrivals for the Foxes?

Following the arrival of Timothy Castagne this week, there could well be more signings in the offing for Leicester considering the side put out this weekend. Many of those included were youth prospects and those returning from injury. If Rodgers' men are to continue challenging in the Premier League and of course the UEFA Europa League, they need to strengthen in the transfer market.

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