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Leicester City will adapt if lockdown is extended locally, says Brendan Rodgers

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Rodgers saw his Leicester side lose to Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says his side “will react accordingly” if lockdown measures are extended locally.

The city’s mayor has said coronavirus restrictions in Leicester could go on for longer because of a surge in cases.

The Foxes have three home games left to play this season on 4, 15 and 26 July.

“Nothing has changed in terms of how we have been working thus far in this situation, but I’ve always said we will react accordingly,” said Rodgers.

“We have to have agility in this period,” he added.

Coronavirus restrictions across England are due to be eased from 4 July, with pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and hotels allowed to reopen.

The Foxes are third in the Premier League and are scheduled to host Crystal Palace on 4 July, Sheffield United on 15 July and Manchester United on 26 July.

“We will just keep working until we are told otherwise,” said Rodgers.

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Brendan Rodgers: Leicester City manager says he had coronavirus

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says he “had no strength” after contracting the coronavirus in March.

Rodgers is the second Premier League manager to confirm he has had Covid-19, with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta also testing positive in March.

The 47-year-old says he suffered with “breathlessness” before fully recovering from the virus.

“I could hardly walk and it reminded me of walking up Mount Kilimanjaro,” he told BBC Radio Leicester.

“We had a week off when we were supposed to play Watford [14 March] and then the week after that, I started to struggle.

“For three weeks I had no smell or taste. I had no strength, and a week after, my wife was the same. We were tested and both of us were detected with the virus.”

Rodgers climbed Kilimanjaro in aid of charity in 2011, weeks after winning the Championship play-off final with Swansea and guiding the club to the Premier League for the first time.

He was part of a 17-strong team representing the Football League.

“It reminded me of when I climbed Kilimanjaro. The higher you went the more you suffered with acclimatisation and the harder it was to breathe,” he added.

“I remember trying to run for the first time [after becoming ill] and it was hard to go 10 yards. I had no real appetite and it was a weird sensation of eating food without ever tasting and smelling what it was.”

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Wilfred Ndidi puts Leicester success down to the Brendan Rodgers Effect

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Leicester City and Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has heaped praise on his Foxes manager, telling ESPN that the club’s success this season is down to what he calls ‘the Brendan Rodgers effect’.

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Leicester had enjoyed an outstanding season, running neck and neck with league leaders Liverpool for parts of the season before yielding ground, and – assuming the season is completed — are in line to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

Ndidi is in no doubt about the reason for that.

“It’s the Brendan Rodgers effect,” he tells ESPN. “With him, it is not just about the eleven players and subs. Even the players in the under 23, he carries everybody along.

“So there is always space for anybody to fill in and to play. He is that kind of coach that always believes in the squad and not just one player. The main thing is the squad, the squad comes first.

“That is why we are doing very well, because we understand that we must always try our best. Where we are is because we work hard and try to improve all.

“There have been ups and downs, and there are still games after the lockdown and there are more points for us to try and get. For now, we are in a good position.”

Ndidi has been attracting attention from big clubs as a result of this (suspended) season’s efforts, with Manchester United rumoured to be casting glances at him. Despite speculation of interested from Old Trafford, Ndidi says he has no plans to leave the Foxes.

“We are doing well and I am enjoying myself here,” he said. “I still have a contract with Leicester. I am learning and trying to improve myself every day and I am doing okay here so no need to go anywhere.”

Ndidi, who joined the Foxes after their fairytale Premier League title-winning season to replace N’Golo Kante, has become one of the division’s best midfielders, and he gives the credit to Rodgers.

He said: “No disrespect to other managers but kudos to Brendan Rodgers. He has done a lot of work on me. I remember the Chelsea game when (Mason) Mount took the ball from me and scored? That day made me a better player.

“The manager and the staff spoke to me. They made me understand what to do better and made me take it as a habit to do certain things. But he encouraged me to continue to play my game.

“The fact that he trusts and tries to improve the players is one thing. It is very difficult for a manager to come in and then dedicate himself to improving players, getting regular one on one meetings with players to help them make improvements.

“This is professional football, some teams won’t have that time for you to do all that. Everybody just focused on the business, they’re paying you for it and expect you to do the work. But Rodgers is different, very different.”

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Brendan Rodgers welcomes ‘irrepressible’ Wilfred Ndidi back into Leicester fold


Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side have missed the “irrepressible” Wilfred Ndidi and has welcomed the defensive midfielder’s return from injury as the Foxes look to seal a place in the Champions League.

Ndidi underwent knee surgery on January 9 after damaging his meniscus in training. Remarkably, he returned just 13 days later as a substitute against West Ham before starting the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at Aston Villa.

With hindsight, his comeback was probably too soon as the 23-year-old was then absent for a month after complaining of soreness following the surgery and was kept out of the first-team picture while he properly rehabilitated his knee.

A second return at Norwich – again from the bench – preceded his first start for over a month against Birmingham in the FA Cup in midweek.

In Ndidi’s absence, Leicester failed to win any of their four Premier League matches, scoring just two goals, and Rodgers insists the dip in form was no coincidence.

“I’m not surprised, no. We know we are a better team with him in it, there’s no question,” said the Foxes boss, whose team host Villa on Monday night.

“We’ve got some other really good players in our squad who can come in and do a job, but when you’re without one of the best players in that position in the league, he’s always going to be a miss.

“Some of the guys have come in and done fantastic, and we’ve won games without Wilf, but just in general, he’s irrepressible and what he gives the team and what he allows the others to be able to do.

“It was great for him to get 60 minutes on Wednesday night and hopefully he can stay fit now because he’s very important for us.”

Despite taking only 12 points from their last 12 Premier League games, Leicester remain on course to qualify for the Champions League for only the second time in the club’s history.

Rodgers admits the benefits of being in the competition would make it easier to cope with losing a key player like Ndidi in the future, as he will be able to strengthen the squad.

“Hopefully by the end of the season, that will be the case,” said Rodgers. “Each year you want to improve. There’s no doubt that’s what our aim would be.

“We’re working virtually with a similar squad, by the end of the season, for near on 18 months, so you need to refresh it. You need to keep looking to raise the bar, and that sort of plan is under way.

“I think the key now is to finish the job and give everything to get to where we want to at the end of the season, and then we can look at that.”

Jamie Vardy is expected to return to the Leicester squad against Villa. The striker, who has scored 17 Premier League goals this season, has missed the last two matches with a calf injury.

However, left-back Ben Chilwell is a doubt with a hamstring problem.

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