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Sports News of Sunday, 26 December 2021


Iheanacho set for 155th EPL game

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Striker Kelechi Iheanacho is set to make his 155th Premier League appearance for Leicester City when the Foxes take on champions Manchester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday (today), PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

The Nigeria international has made 154 appearances, scoring 34 goals in total and 17 assists since moving to Leicester from Manchester City on a five-year contract in 2017.

Iheanacho, who came on as a substitute in the Foxes bench Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday, has been on the winning side in the EPL 57 times and has lost 61 games.

The Nigerian will also be aiming to score his second goal against the Citizens in the encounter.

The 24-year-old scored the winner for the Foxes as they defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the Community Shield in August.

He has played nine times against the Citizens since he was offloaded to the King Power stadium.

His compatriot, Wilfred Ndidi could continue at centre-back for the fixture.

Meanwhile, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is confident his players will bounce back quickly from their Anfield penalty shoot-out heartbreak to meet the considerable challenge of facing Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The Foxes twice conceded a two-goal lead in the midweek Carabao Cup quarter-final against Liverpool – including an equaliser deep into added time – and then lost on spot-kicks.

More injuries were sustained in the process – striker Jamie Vardy played the last 20 minutes with a tight hamstring while defenders Caglar Soyuncu and Ricardo Pereira were forced off – which does not make their task any easier on Boxing Day.

“There is always disappointment but I said before the game, “You are coming to Anfield, a great place to play, and whatever happens let’s impose our way”,” said Rodgers.

“That’s what I’ve always had from these players. They have been competitive against the best teams in the country and we saw that, we just couldn’t do enough to get over the line.

“They are such an honest bunch of players and it is always disappointing when you lose but I’ll get them going again.

“They (City) are playing well at the minute, so we will just have to see where we are at and then devise a plan with the players available and see what we can do.

“It doesn’t look like there are too many (City) players out, they’ve had a free week without a midweek game. They are a brilliant side with technical players, world-class players, and they are used to winning.

“We’ve done OK against them but it’s going to be a big challenge for us and we need to play with the spirit we played with against Liverpool.”