Leicester City have been handed an injury boost ahead of their FA Cup semi-final showdown with Southampton on Sunday after Cengiz Under returned to first team training.
However, he has now been pictured back in training, suggesting that he could well be available for this weekend’s cup clash.
Whilst Under has not been seen on too many occasions throughout the 2020/21 campaign, having made just 19 appearances and nine starts in his time at the King Power Stadium, his return will be a huge boost to Leicester as they prepare for their trip to Wembley.
Even in his limited time on the pitch, the winger has still managed to contribute. He has scored two goals and notched three assists in all competitions, teeing up Jamie Vardy on two occasions against Arsenal and Leeds United in the early stages of the campaign.
For context, only six players in the Leicester squad can boast a greater tally of direct goal contributions than Under this season, a remarkable feat considering that the Turk has completed 90 minutes on just three occasions for the Foxes.
Despite Rodgers overlooking the forward on a number of occasions, the manager has still been left impressed by Under, even labelling him as a “special talent”.
Whilst the 23-year-old’s return will of course be a boost considering his individual skill set, his inclusion would also make the Leicester squad far stronger heading into this weekend’s clash against Southampton.
During the 3-2 reverse against West Ham United last time out, the Foxes’ bench looked threadbare, with the likes of academy graduates Thakgalo Leshabela, Vontae Daley-Campbell, Sidnei Tavares and Thanawat Suengchitthawon all included to make up the numbers.
The £18m-rated Under gives Rodgers a far more experienced option should he choose to turn to his substitutes against the Saints. His timely return is a huge positive despite his limited action so far this season.