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Jonny Evans’ involvement in Northern Ireland’s upcoming double-headed qualifier is still uncertain, especially as the center-back missed the European trip from Leicester City to Poland.
Brendan’s side Rodgers will face Legia Warsaw tonight in the Europa League but has traveled without key defender Evans, who was excluded due to illness.
The 33-year-old has only 165 minutes of play since his injury in the FA Cup final in May graduated while battling plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes heel pain.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers was hoping Evans would have got more minutes this week, but he will now have his availability for the Premier League trip reassessment on Sunday at Crystal Palace, the last game before the international window.
“He hasn’t traveled,” said Rodgers. “He wasn’t good enough to travel so we left him and we’ll see how he does for the weekend.
” He’s a top defender and when he plays we’re better. We just have to manage it. We were hoping he’d be available for this game, but he’s not. We’ll see when we get back and hopefully he’s available for the weekend. “
At the announcement of his Northern Ireland -Kaders for next month’s trips to Switzerland (October 9) and Bulgaria (October 12) included manager Ian Baraclough Evans but said the player would make the “final decision” about his involvement in the Games himself .
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“Jonny will always be someone to manage,” said Baraclough. “Hopefully he (Leicester’s Games) comes through unscathed this week and builds on the playing time he has with Leicester, but he’s in a better place than a couple of weeks ago.
” After going with Brendan (Rodgers – Leicester City boss) talked about him, we have to be careful with him and, ultimately, Jonny has to be the one who makes the final decisions on things.
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