(Reuters) – Leicester City have received a major boost ahead of Thursday’s Europa Conference League semi-final second leg at AS Roma with manager Brendan Rodgers saying Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall are available for selection.
Dewsbury-Hall (calf) and Maddison (hip) missed Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, while Vardy came on as a substitute, making his first appearance since early March after a knee injury.
Leicester drew 1-1 with Roma in the first leg at their home ground last week.
“They’re okay,” Rodgers told the club website on Wednesday. “They trained yesterday (Tuesday) and came through well.”
Leicester have travelled to Rome without Wilfred Ndidi and Ryan Bertrand who have knee injuries.
“Everyone (else) is available and ready,” Rodgers added. “These last weeks, we’ve been getting players back. But I still had to manage the group in order to get to this point.
“With all the games, we had the risk of getting to a semi-final with some of our best payers unavailable.
“We’re having to nurse the players through to the big games and this is our biggest game of the season.”
Jose Mourinho, who completed one year as Roma manager on Wednesday, praised Rodgers for his work with Leicester and described the Premier League side as a very good team.
“It’s been a long, long run for us – a different run for us as Leicester had a Europa League run. Our run has been Conference since day one, against Trabzonspor, and 14 matches later we have the chance to play the final,” Mourinho said.
“We have to do everything we can to play at the highest level we can to deserve to be in the final.”
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru,Editing by Christian Radnedge and Ed Osmond)