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Brendan Rodgers was happy to see Ricardo Pereira finally come back from injury on Thursday and was quite satisfied with his changed squad despite their loss.
Rodgers made nine changes and changed his formation for the clash in Zaporizhzhia. Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu spirit Wilfred Ndidi it started for the first time since the setbacks of his injuries.
But Soyuncu lasted only 16 minutes before sustaining a groin injury and was replaced by Wesley Fofana.
In the end, a Allahyar Sayyadmanesh’s last goal gave Zorya a 1-0 Europa League victory in Ukraine.
When asked about Soyuncu’s injury, Rodgers refused to say too much at this point.
“We have to wait and see tomorrow,” he said. “It’s a recurrence of the groin injury, he stretched it too far.
“It’s frustrating in general. I didn’t think the players deserved to lose that at all. Ricardo has some time to play. The young people did well.
“As the second half progressed, we looked like the only team that was going to win. The players put a lot into it. There were difficult conditions. “
When asked what he liked best, Rodgers insisted that he was happy with the display of his team. He was also happy with the performance of Cengiz Under, while the return of Pereira was also very pleasant.
“I think the first half we were good tactically, limiting them to a few opportunities and having a few for ourselves. Cengiz Under was excellent ”, he commented. “The second half seemed like the team was always on the offensive.
“It was a great game to put playing time on the legs. Ricky [Pereira] it was excellent in the first half. I thought kelechi [Iheanacho] it was very good. The first three were excellent. Many positive aspects of the game despite losing ”.
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Pereira delighted with the return
The Portuguese side Pereira was delighted to run after been out since March with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
“Very good. It has been a long journey for me. I am very happy to play with the boys again,” he said.
“We talked about getting a few minutes, we weren’t sure how many. 45 is good for building some playtime. It is another step.
“I hope only good things happen from here.”
The Foxes return to action with a trip to face Sheffield United this weekend.
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