Cape Town - Brendan Rodgers has admitted the mid-season break has
provided his Leicester City players with a timely boost.
The Foxes have not played since their 2-2 draw with Chelsea
at the King Power Stadium on February 1 but are back in action when they travel
to take on Wolves on Friday.
The first-ever mid-season Premier League break has provided
most of the top-flight clubs in England with at least a week of regular
training and Rodgers says his squad have benefited from spending time away from
Like most of his rival bosses, the former Liverpool and
Celtic manager says it’s important for players to have a break during an
intense season and, unlike some clubs, Leicester decided not to take the squad
away together anywhere so they could instead spend some valuable time with
family and friends.
"A lot of them went away to spend time with family and
friends, to have a rest from football, and now they’re ready to go,” Rodgers
said at his press conference to preview the Wolves match.
"There’s no doubt it was definitely something that will
benefit them, just to break the cycle was important, mentally as well as
physically. We’re all fresh ahead of this final third of the season. They’re
all ready and trained really well this week.”
Meanwhile, Rodgers has also explained his decision to bring
in Wolves defender Ryan Bennett on loan for the rest of the season, admitting
the 29-year-old was someone he attempted to sign when he was previously in
charge of Swansea City.
Bennett will provide cover for first-choice centre-backs
Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu in the remaining months of the campaign
following Filip Benkovic’s loan move to Bristol City.
"I was delighted to bring Ryan in," Rodgers added. "He was a
player I tried to take to Swansea when I was the manager there. We needed
someone to come in to be a part of our squad. He fits the bill, he’s a warrior,
he knows the game and he defends well."