Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers does not expect injured Ghana midfielder Daniel Amartey to be back in action in the next few weeks but reveals the defender’s rehabilitation has been progressing.
The centre-back has been out of action since hurting his hamstring during a Premier League clash with West Ham United in October.
The game was just his second match in the Championship this season.
“I can’t wait, [to see them back on the pitch],” Rodgers said on the injury return of Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, and Wilfred Ndidi in his team news during a pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League encounter with Ukrainian club Zorya Luhansk.
“The players, up until now, have done amazingly to sit where we are after 10 games and, at this early stage of the Europa League, we’re qualified.
“It’s a huge testament to the guys that have performed. However, to have this level of a player coming back, especially from a defensive side, it can just get us back working to how we want to work.
“We’ve had to adapt during this early period of the season, in terms of our style and identity at times, but to get those players back, with their level of mobility and quality is really going to help us.
“It’ll make the squad super competitive when they do (return from injury and play regularly), so we’re really looking forward to seeing the three boys play tomorrow.
“Hopefully they get through as much of the game as they can and the likes of Timothy Castagne (hamstring) are not too far away too.
“Daniel Amartey’s (hamstring) a little bit away, but he’s progressing really well. It gives us a really exciting squad.”
The current injury is no doubt a straight major blow to Amartey’s hopes of becoming a key member of Rodgers’ set-up.
The 25-year-old had just returned from a two-year injury layoff when he suffered the setback against West Ham.
In all, he has made just 33 Premier League appearances for The Foxes since joining the club from Danish outfit FC Copenhagen in 2016.
Five of those outings helped Leicester win the 2015-16 league title.