Rodgers: ‘Iheanacho is very important’

Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers has spoken of Kelechi Iheanacho’s importance to the Foxes following the forward’s superb goal against Burnley on Wednesday.

Iheanacho equalised in the 1-1 draw at Turf Moor with a wonderful volleyed effort just after the half-hour mark.

It was the Nigerian international’s third goal in his last six appearances in all competitions – another was the winner in last month’s 1-0 FA Cup victory over Brighton, who Leicester face at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Iheanacho has started injury-hit Leicester’s last two league games and four of their last six having only started two prior to that this season.

When asked how significant the 24-year-old could be for the remaining matches this term, Rodgers said: “He is very important.

“It was a brilliant goal, the technique in that goal (on Wednesday) was outstanding, and he always gives everything to the game when he plays.

“He works so hard and has scored some very important goals for us this season, and in particular of late. His importance is clearly there.”

Iheanacho has played against Brighton thrice in the league, winning one and drawing the other two with an assist for Jamie Vardy in the 1-1 draw at the AMEX Stadium in November 2018.

The game will be Iheanacho’s 131 since he made his debut in the competition for Manchester City in August 2015 and 86th for Leicester City following his switch to the King Palace in the summer of 2017.

The Super Eagle has scored 11 times for the Foxes since he joined from Manchester and 23 overall in 131 games. Saturday’s game will mark the Nigerian’s 115th for the Foxes in all competitions, scoring 26 goals and has bagged 16 assists.

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