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Leicester City v Bournemouth Team News

30th August 2019, 11:47 by Neil Foster

Brendan Rodgers will hope to have defender Ben Chilwell back in his ranks when Leicester City host Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

The 22-year-old England man has enjoyed just one outing in the Premier League this season and did not feature as the Foxes beat Newcastle United on penalties in round two of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

The Milton Keynes-born ace has been suffering from a hip problem but may return as Leicester look to keep up their unbeaten start to the campaign against the Cherries.

The East Midlanders currently sit fourth in the standings and will hope to build on their 2-1 away success against Sheffield United last weekend.

Wilfred Ndidi is another injury doubt for Rodgers but may recover from a hamstring problem to play some part although Matty James and Daniel Amartey are still out with Achilles and ankle injuries respectively.

The manager will have to make a decision about his attacking formation, with Harvey Barnes set to be on the bench despite his superb strike against the Blades as Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Ayoze Perez provide the thrust going forward.

Bournemouth chief Eddie Howe has a plethora of injuries to deal with after Charlie Daniels suffered a season-ending knee injury in last Sunday’s 3-1 home loss to Manchester City.

 

 

Lewis Cook, Simon Francis, Dan Gosling, David Brooks and Junior Stanislas are all crocked and so it will be all hands to the pump when the south-coast outfit arrive at the King Power Stadium.

Harry Wilson may be given the nod to start, while Diego Rico could come in at left-back.

England striker Callum Wilson will lead the line, supported by Ryan Fraser and Josh King.

The confidence around Leicester heading into the new campaign seems to have been justified to date, with a 1-1 draw away at Chelsea the undoubted highlight to date.

It is unlikely that they will be sat in the top four next May but breaking into the top six would be seen as an excellent result in Rodgers’ first full season in charge of the club.

To do that, they will need to make sure they win all their home games against teams expected to finish in the bottom half of the standings and so this weekend’s clash will be a decent gauge as to how good the team actually is.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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