Leicester City winger Demarai Gray is among many Premier League players ticking off the days until the international break is over and he can get back on the pitch following an ankle injury.
Gray was a regular in the team until the end of September when his side came up against Premier League opposition in the Carabao Cup in the shape of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 22-year-old picked up his knock late in the second half of the cup tie, leaving the field on a stretcher having received oxygen, sparking concerns over the extent of the injury.
Fortunately, it was not a serious blow and the pacey midfielder was only ruled out for up to six weeks, setting up a return against Arsenal.
At the start of the season Gray was a regular for Claude Puel, playing almost every minute of the opening three matches and scoring the equalising goal away to Southampton in a fixture his side went on to win.
His involvement on the left flank regularly helped the Foxes pick up form on the back of their opening day defeat at Old Trafford, with the Birmingham born player often creating shots for himself, playing key passes and earning free-kicks – opportunities his side can take advantage of through James Maddison, who has already grabbed a goal and an assist from dead ball situations this season.
Upon his return, the winger should slot back in on the left of the Leicester line-up, adding more pace to his side of the pitch to beat the defenders in a counter-attacking side.
Upcoming matches come thick and fast at the King Power Stadium, with the visits of West Ham and Southampton in quick succession before a trip to Cardiff rounds off the East Midlands club’s week.
Another set of legs for Puel to call on will be a big advantage given the tight mid-table battle currently underway, where four points either way can put the French manager’s side in the European places or drag them towards the relegation scrap ahead of what is very congested Christmas run.
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