James Maddison: Why is Leicester star not playing vs Everton in Premier League?

James Maddison missed Leicester’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Chelsea at the weekend due to a knock. Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers said before that game: “I think with the games all coming close together, it’s just to keep some freshness in the team.

“James Maddison is obviously injured. Offensively we just tried to freshen it up to bring some energy into the team.

“They [Chelsea] have outstanding players and got a very good result in the week and they will look to take that form into the game today. Hopefully we can make the next step today and get the win.”

Ahead of the Premier League clash against Everton, Rodgers said Maddison was making “good progress” and was confident the player would be fit for the visit of Crystal Palace at the weekend.

“If he’s not available [on Wednesday], then he should be ready at the weekend,” the Leicester manager said.

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“He’s made good progress over the last couple of days.”

The 23-year-old has been in fine form this season, scoring nine goals and providing three assists.

His performances have seen him linked with a move away from Leicester this summer, with Manchester United reported to be one of the interested parties.

But Rodgers believes the King Power Stadium is the best place for Maddison to continue his development.

The Northern Irishman is also hopeful the player will sign a new contract, with his current deal due to expire in 2023.

Everton vs Leicester team news

Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Iwobi, Andre Gomes, Sigurdsson, Gordon, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.

Subs: Baines, Mina, Bernard, Stekelenburg, Davies, Kean, Virginia, Branthwaite, Baningime.

Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Albrighton, Tielemans, Praet, Barnes, Vardy.

Subs: Morgan, Gray, Maddison, Ward, Iheanacho, Perez, Choudhury, Mendy, Fuchs.

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