Brendan Rodgers rules out heavy Leicester spending in January

Jude Summerfield
Rodgers isn't expecting any heavy spending in January
Rodgers isn't expecting any heavy spending in January / Francesco Pecoraro/GettyImages

Brendan Rodgers says he does not expect any heavy spending from officials at Leicester in January, despite having a number of injury issues and players out of form to contend with.

Star defenders like Wesley Fofana and James Justin have been sidelined for months now, while the Foxes have shown no signs of repeating their recent Champions League qualification challenges.

They are currently down in 11th, having won just five of their opening 15 Premier League games, and Rodgers says he will likely have to make do with what he has rather than push for new signings in the winter market.

“To be fair I’m not sure we have the funds to do that to be honest,” Rodgers said. “It’s one where you just have to make do with what you have.

“JJ [James Justin] will be back in a few weeks’ time which will be a huge help for us.

“Wesley is going to be a while. It’s not imminent. It will be a period of time before he’s back. It’s not any longer than we first thought. We talked about January but it could be the end of January or early February. We will just have to wait and see.”

There will be a chance for Rodgers to arrest Leicester's recent poor form when they host relegation threatened Newcastle on Sunday.

The former Liverpool boss added: “I can lift this group, absolutely, there's no question about that. We just have to recover.

“They are all dangerous games. Newcastle have got really good players and that's the challenge of European football, coming back in the early hours of a Friday and then getting ready for a team that can prepare all week. That's what we're up against and the challenges.

"I've said all along it's been a great period and this is a period now that is a test for us."

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