Rovers return to action on Saturday with a final friendly fixture of pre-season against Premier League side Leicester City.
The King Power Stadium will be the venue for the contest, with the game taking place at 1pm.
Tony Mowbray is expected to be without Sam Gallagher, who is again likely to sit out due to a niggling injury.
A thigh strain is what has kept the forward out of the previous pre-season outings at Fleetwood Town, Blackpool and the behind-closed-doors game against Barrow, along with last weekend’s Carabao Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers.
Lewis Holtby scored before later limping off in that game against Darren Moore’s side, but he is expected to play a part one week on from his setback having returned to training earlier this week.
Ryan Nyambe should also be back in contention after playing an hour in the midweek win over Barrow and coming through the test unscathed.
Two definite absentees will be Darragh Lenihan and Corry Evans, with international call ups for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland keeping the pair out of club action.
Elsewhere, new arrival Thomas Kaminski is still awaiting the end of his two-week quarantine period, whilst Bradley Dack remains a couple of weeks away from any first team involvement.
Brendan Rodgers’ side, who finished in the Europa League spots in the Premier League last season, have featured twice in pre-season so far, both against Championship opposition.
Having earned a 2-0 win over Birmingham City at St Andrew’s first up, the Foxes then drew 0-0 in a behind-closed-doors meeting with Sheffield Wednesday.
The likes of Jamie Vardy, Youri Tielemans and Demarai Gray all featured for City against the Owls and they’re expected to again go strong against Rovers.
They’ll be without the departed England international Ben Chilwell, who recently joined Chelsea, but his replacement, new signing Timothy Catagne, could appear for the fist time for the Foxes.
Caglar Soyuncu is away on international duty with Turkey, whilst young full back James Justin is with the England Under-21s squad.
A hip injury kept James Maddison out of the back end of last season, and the playmaker, who began his career under Mowbray at Coventry City, won’t be rushed back after being left out of the England squad.
With both teams beginning their league campaigns next weekend, the strongest possible sides are expected to be named by both bosses.
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It’s the last weekend before the 2020-21 season kicks off, as Rovers’ pre-season schedule comes to an end with a visit to Premier League outfit Leicester City.
It has been an enjoyable pre-season for Rovers, who have faced a trio of League One opposition, beating Fleetwood Town (4-1), Blackpool (3-1) and Doncaster Rovers (3-1).
However, this will be Rovers’ toughest test of the summer, with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester side playing in the Europa League this campaign following an impressive 2019-20 season.
Let’s preview the match.
Last season saw Leicester City secure a fifth place finish in the Premier League in Brendan Rodgers’ first full season in charge of the club, with two cup runs making it a successful season for the Foxes.
This summer, the addition of full-back Timothy Castagne sees Rodgers add a player with European and International experience to the squad, with the club spending the money they received from England international Ben Chilwell’s departure to Chelsea.
With the Foxes’ first Premier League fixture taking place a week on Sunday – a visit to West Bromwich Albion – they will be looking to get more game time for their players ahead of what is set to be a busy season for Leicester City.
Key Man: Jamie Vardy
We all know the Jamie Vardy story, so I won’t go into it, but what a meteoric rise for the current Premier League Golden Boot holder.
From playing in non-league to scoring in eleven consecutive Premier League appearances and helping Leicester to the title in a season no football fan will ever forget, Vardy’s career has been one we don’t see too often.
Leicester will be without several players due to international call-ups. Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark), Danny Ward (Wales), Caglar Söyüncü (Turkey), Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland), James Justin (England U21s), Youri Tielemans and Dennis Praet (both Belgium) are all away with their countries, and will be unavailable.
First-team quartet Wilfred Ndidi, Ayoze Perez, James Maddison and Christian Fuchs all returned to training after injury, and could feature in the friendly.
For Rovers, they’ll be without first-team duo Darragh Lenihan and Corry Evans – brother of Jonny – who are with their respective countries during the current international fixtures.
Andy Fisher is likely to start as new signing Thomas Kaminski’s quarantine period doesn’t end until this Monday, with Jordan Eastham expected to be on the bench.
Also, Ryan Nyambe could make his return to action following a knock which only saw him secure a place on the bench for the Carabao Cup victory over Doncaster.
Last Meeting: Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Leicester City; Sky Bet Championship; 22 March 2014
The last time the two sides met was over six years ago in the Championship, when Leicester gained promotion to the Premier League in the same season.
Jamie Vardy gave the hosts the lead as he finished from close range from a Richie De Laet cross, before Matt Kilgallon’s header from a Craig Conway cross meant the sides split the points.
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