Leicester City's Pereira set to play today after 9 months on the sidelines
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Leicester City's Pereira set to play today after 9 months on the sidelines

Left-back Ricardo Pereira is set to make his first appearance in nine months when Leicester City line up against Zorya Luhansk tonight.

The Portuguese returns for this Europa League Group G match after recovering from a cruciate ligament injury (ACL).

With only the top spot left to play for, Rodgers has selected six under-23 players in the squad, including 16-year-old defender Ben Nelson. If he makes his debut he will become the fifth-youngest player to appear for the Foxes.

Leicester have booked their place in the last 32 with a 3-3 draw at Braga last week.

The Foxes, who face a 4,000-mile round-trip to Ukraine, travel to bottom side Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Who stays home?

Striker Jamie Vardy, midfielder Youri Tielemans, defender Jonny Evans and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel are among some of the senior players omitted from the squad.

"We have left a few behind," said Rodgers.

"Evans, Tielemans, and Schmeichel - they have been important for us and for their international teams. They need a rest as does Jamie. It allows them to prepare for the game at the weekend."

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