Ricardo Pereira will play his first senior game in almost nine months on Thursday evening when Leicester City takes on Zorya Luhansk at the Slavutych Arena in Zaporizhia
Ricardo Pereira will take Leicester City to the next level when he makes his long-awaited comeback from injury on Thursday.
Named Player of the Season in his first year at the club, the right-back has been out of action for nearly nine months since suffering a serious knee injury in March but will return to City’s starting line-up against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League , together with comeback colleagues Caglar Soyuncu and Wilfred Ndidi.
Ricardo has improved his fitness over the last month and represented the U-23 national team last week. Now he’s ready to play for the senior team and show everyone what the club has been missing over the last three quarters of a year.
City skipper Wes Morgan said he was one of the most talented players on the squad. His qualities helped the club reach its ceiling.
« We all know what Ricardo can do, » said Morgan. « He’s one of the best players on our team.
“What he does in his position creates so much opportunity for Vards (Jamie Vardy) and the other strikers. He was a miss.
“The guys who took his place did a great job which is fantastic. However, when someone of his caliber comes back, our team is brought to the top level that we know we can go for.
« It’s great to see him again. He had a serious injury but he worked hard and he looked fantastic in training. ”
City Manager Brendan Rodgers is thrilled too, especially when three stars are back in action.
« He’s really excited to be back, » Rodgers said to Ricardo. « His injury wasn’t a problem as such, so he’s not afraid of contact.
« He’s one of the best full-backs in European football. His defense is very good, he is hard to beat and in the future as he travels with the ball he is like a winger considering the way he takes it, passes and dribbles. He can also score. It’ll be great to get it back.
« Also, Cags is one of the best mid-halves in the Premier League. He showed that last season. It was difficult for us to miss that power and speed in our backline even though we did so well. « .
“And Wilf is one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe. To have these players back, I’m excited. ”
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