Rodgers thinks Tielemans is ‘enjoying the responsibility’ at Leicester City, rules out wholesale changes

Brendan Rodgers has suggested that he will not be making wholesale changes for Leicester City’s third-round Carabao Cup tie against Newport County.

The Foxes squeezed past Stockport County on penalties in round two. Daniel Iversen saved three spot-kicks to help his side through.

They host Newport on Tuesday night hoping to book their place in the last-16 stage of the competition and Rodgers is resisting the temptation to rotate.

“We want to get through, I won’t be making too many changes,” he said.

“We have a game on Tuesday and a lot of the players need to be ready to go again.

“I changed the team about when we went to Stockport and we nearly went out. I don’t want to do that. I want to go through. I’ve shown that every time I’ve been here in the cup competitions.

“We’ll make some changes, naturally, but there won’t be too many.”

Iversen could replace the in-form Danny Ward, who has five clean sheets in his last seven games, while Wilfred Ndidi may make a first start since a hamstring injury and Luke Thomas is available.

Jonny Evans missed Saturday’s 2-0 win at Everton with his ongoing calf problem and Ricardo Pereira (Achilles) and Ryan Bertrand (knee) are out.

The Foxes climbed to 14th in the Premier League following victory at Goodison Park, after goals from Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes.

Tielemans, out of contract in the summer, was captain again in the absence of Evans, and Rodgers has been impressed with his attitude.

He said: “He doesn’t need the armband to play to that level, but he’s a player of great maturity. Even though he’s in the last year of his contract, how he looks after himself and drives the other players on is fantastic.

“I know he is really enjoying the responsibility.”

Over the weekend, Rodgers discussed James Maddison’s prospects of going to the World Cup with England.

“He might have a Louis Vuitton bag, but he loves football. He made some mistakes that he would admit as well.

“He’s had one cap, so he’s already of a mindset and an anticipation like he has been when he hasn’t been in squads.

“We’ve spoken a lot about it, and if it’s not to be for him, he’ll have some time with his family and then he’ll push even harder when we return.

“Naturally he would be disappointed. For James, I don’t have any doubt whatsoever that he will consistently play at that level.”

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