Leicester City midfielder Matty James has been snubbed for their 25-man squad, with Monaco loan pair Islam Slimani and Adrien Silva both included ahead of him.
James, 28, is currently injured with an Achilles problem – a problem which has limited him to just one Leicester performance in the past 17 months, according to Leicestershire Live.
The midfielder has been left out of the official list, meaning that the only way he can play for the Foxes before January is if he plays in the Carabao Cup.
Adrien Silva and Islam Slimani have both secured season-long loan deals to Monaco, however, they have still been chosen in the squad ahead of James – it is unclear as to whether there are recall clauses within the loan deals, according to Leicestershire Live.
With Brendan Rodgers saying on August 23 (Leicestershire Live) that Matty James “will not feature for a little while”, it is probably a clear indication that James will not be available to play before January, as otherwise there wouldn’t be much sense to pick two players who are not at the club over him.
Furthermore, within that same interview, Rodgers gives a glowing reference to James which suggests that if he was able to be in the squad, he probably would be picked.
Rodgers added: “The frustrating thing for me with Matty is he’s a player who can really play in our team, in relation to the game that we try to play.
“He’s so bright, he’s so clever. He’s just been really, really, really unfortunate with injuries.”
Considering Rodgers’ quotes, it could be assumed that he would make space for the experienced midfielder, who has been at the club since 2012 and has amassed exactly 100 league games, so it is likely that this is a statement that James won’t return until January or at least near that time.
For Leicester, it won’t be the biggest loss for the club considering he has barely played for them in so long. They also have strong depth in central midfield with Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Hamza Choudhury, Wilfred Ndidi, Nampalys Mendy and Dennis Praet all available to play in those positions, so his absence shouldn’t hit the club too hard.
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