Rodgers 'hopeful' of Evans return

14 May 2021 01:08:33 GMTPlus10

Brendan Rodgers says he's optimistic Leicester City will be able to call upon the services of Jonny Evans for Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea.

The Foxes are currently preparing for their first FA Cup final since 1969 and are 6/4 to lift the trophy against a Chelsea side who are 8/15 to win this competition for the eighth time in their history.

Rodgers has reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Wembley showpiece, with this only doubt being centre-back Evans.

He's progressed really well.

Brendan Rodgers

The Northern Ireland international has missed Leicester's last two Premier League games with a heel injury suffered in the warm-up before last Friday's 4-2 loss at home to Newcastle United.

Having subsequently sat out Tuesday's 2-1 win at Manchester United, the 33-year-old is now back in training in an effort to prove his fitness for Saturday's game.

Rodgers says they will make a final decision on Evans' participation on Friday and is confident his compatriot will be available for selection.

"We'll give him another day," said Rodgers. "He's progressed really well in this last 24 hours. He was outside today and he looked really good.

"We'll see what the reaction is after that and then we'll make a final decision on that tomorrow (Friday), but we're really hopeful."

Rodgers is aiming to win his first trophy as Leicester boss this weekend and his maiden domestic honour in English football.

He acknowledges that it won't be easy against a Chelsea side that have been performing well since Thomas Tuchel took over as head coach, but says he believes his Foxes are more than capable of coming home with the club's first FA Cup.

"We know we have to play really well against an outstanding team," he added. "We've come so far, and for us, it's not just enough to arrive there. "Our ambition is to win it. We have to do everything we can in order to do that. We need to give our all and that's all we can do."

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