The key quotes from Brendan Rodgers' pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal clash
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers | Photo: Getty/ Plumb Images

Leicester City return to Premier League action this Sunday lunchtime three days after being knocked out of the Europa League by Slavia Prague

The Foxes welcome Arsenal to the King Power Stadium in a bid to bounce back from their damaging defeat in Europe.  A win for Brendan Rodgers' men can see his side move up to second place, for a few hours at least before Chelsea host Manchester United later on in the day. 

Rodgers spoke to BBC Radio Leicester on Friday Afternoon ahead of the visit of the Gunners.

  • Fitness updates 

This season, Leicester have had nothing but regular injuries, and not yet has the boss had a full squad to choose from. 

When asked about Wesley Fofana, Rodgers said: "He is recovering well. He'll rejoin the training group next week"

James Maddison missed the game midweek against Prague, and the hosts really felt the blow of his absence. He has been one of Leicester's most important players this season. Rodgers revealed more on Maddison's injury, saying: "We can't put a timeline on it. It's about how he feels and how he can recover. We hope he'll be back sooner rather than later"

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  • Defeat to Slavia 

After Leicester crashed out of the Europa League against Slavia on Thursday night in shocking fashion, it's important for the players and Rodgers to not be too hard done by and come back stronger. Rodgers had his say on the defeat:

"This disappointment last night was that the game came at the wrong time for us, in terms of injuries. My players have done very well. But we'll learn from that, and hopefully next year we'll arrive in European competition once again."

Against the Czech side, Jamie Vardy was isolated. Rodgers was quizzed on his service and said:

"He's the type of striker that relies on service. We look at Vards, and his movement to make more runs. But ultimately, he needs service. When you have the number of players out, who can serve, it makes it more difficult."

  • Two years at the club

Brendan Rodgers came to the East Midlands two years ago from Celtic and since then there's been exciting football since day one, securing Europa League football in his first full season was a great achievement. 

Rodgers on two years in charge: "It's been very enjoyable. I left a great club in Celtic to come here for a challenge to establish Leicester City as a team to compete for the top places in the division."

In the time he has been in Leicester, the 'top six' has changed and more clubs are challenging higher up the table.

Rodgers said on the change to the top six: "If you're talking financially, we don't come into that top six. But, if you talk about football - we've been there on merit for the last two seasons"

"Our aim is to have a mentality that can disrupt that and be competitive and challenge that hierarchy."