The five key quotes from Brendan Rodgers' pre- Manchester City press conference
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers during his side's Carabao Cup match with Arsenal | Photo: Getty/ Plumb Images

Leicester City are back in Premier League action this weekend as they face a tough trip to the North West of England to face Manchester City on Sunday.

The Foxes crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal with a rotated squad, but have made the perfect start to their league campaign this season, winning their opening two fixtures against West Bromwich Albion and Burnley leaving them top of the table.

Pep Guardiola's side were also in cup action on Thursday night, with a much-changed side securing a 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth following a winning start to their own league campaign away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

Speaking to the media ahead of Sunday's game at the Etihad Stadium, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers spoke to the media. Here are some of the key quotes courtesy of BBC Leicester Sport.

On Wilfried Ndidi's injury

“That will take place tomorrow morning [operation]. It’s unfortunate. It’s come right off the bone. He’s going to be up to 12 weeks.

"He’s a huge player for us. It showed his mentality. Towards the end of last season, he felt it, and then during the game, but he carried on with his spirit. There’s no doubt he will be a miss.

Wilfried Ndidi is one of the most important players in the Leicester first-team and to have the Nigerian out injured for the best part of 12 weeks will be a huge blow.

Although Ndidi has been playing as a centre-back in the opening two league games of the season to accommodate for a lack of cover at the back, as one of the best defensive midfielders in the division, the Foxes will feel his loss greatly.

Rodgers and Leicester have already had to cope without Ndidi for a period of time last season due to injury - seeing their results take a turn for the worse. With the likes of Nampalys Mendy - who has impressed so far this season -  to cover for the 23-year-old, the East Midlanders will hopefully won't suffer another poor run of form.

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Rodgers on transfers 

“There’s a number of players who are associated with ourselves. It’s clear that’s a position we want improve on. We’ll see what the club can do.”

As it stands so far, Leicester have made two additions so far in Timothy Castagne, who has already become a fan-favourite, and Turkey international Cengiz Under who will join up with the squad next week but Rodgers still wants more this window.

A centre-back has always been the Northern Irishman's number one item on his shopping list and over the summer the Foxes have constantly been linked with Saint Etienne defender Wesley Fofana.

Fofana is proving to be a difficult accusation at the moment with Saint Etienne manager - and former Leicester boss - Claude Puel refusing to sell his prized asset. Furthermore, it has also been reported via Sky Sports News that West Ham United have also entered the race for the promising 19-year-old and a bidding war could be imminent.

Should Fofana prove a lost cause, it is expected that Leicester could make a move for Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah who has fallen out of favour at the Bundesliga side, but Rodgers is likely to keep his cards close to his chest until a deal is done.

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On the opposition 

“These are the types of games that we can show our quality. These are a top level side. For us, it’s the excitement of the challenge - they’re one of the top teams in Europe.

“It’s another good measure for us. We’ll play our game against a top class opponent. These types of games are always great challenges, and that’s what you want”

Arguably on paper so far, this is the toughest game Leicester have faced so far this season.

Despite a poor Champions League campaign and finishing some distance away from runaway title winners Liverpool last season, Manchester City are still regarded as one of the best teams in world football.

Last year, Leicester lost both home and away to the Citizens but unlike last time out, the Foxes have already played one more league game than their opponents and the extra game-time could be a welcome advantage as they look to return from Manchester with their unbeaten start to the season still intact.

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On versatility at the back

“Timothy’s played in a couple of positions. They’ve all played in other sides of the pitch. All three can play in the system we want to play. We have a very clear way in how we work. You saw James Justin play on the right side of a back three. Ricardo has played as a winger and it’s great to have that flexibility within the squad."

Thus one of Leicester's greatest strengths in that two of their three full-backs comfortable enough to play on both the left and right hand side of defence.

With Ricardo Pereira still around three-to-five weeks away from full recovery, Castagne and James Justin will continue to operate as the first choice full-backs for now, but it is expected that new signing Castagne will shift to the left-back position when Pereira is ready to be considered for selection again.

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Rodgers on PL clubs contributing to saving lower league sides

“We would certainly add our support. It’s so important for all of us. We have to do everything we can to ensure we do support every team in the pyramid.”

After the disappointing news confirmed that fans would not be returning to stadiums from step six and above of the English football pyramid, fans of lower league clubs will certainly be worried about the future of their teams.

There have been calls for Premier League clubs to lend their support and the encouraging word from Rodgers sounds like the Foxes would be more than willing to play their role in ensuring that lower league football can continue.

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