Patson Daka could become Leicester’s record European scorer, but Foxes could be left without two stars
Patson Daka is aiming to become Leicester’s record European scorer with a goal against Spartak Moscow … but Brendan Rodgers could be without Harvey Barnes and James Maddison as the disease virus sweeps through camp.
- Patson Daka scored four wonderful goals against Spartak Moscow in October
- The Zambian is about to become Leicester’s top scorer in Europe
- But Foxes’ camp has been hit by a virus before the return game.
- Midfielders James Maddison and Harvey Barnes could miss out on Spartak
Patson Daka will attempt to become Leicester’s record European scorer on Thursday amid an illness that has dampened his hopes of beating Spartak Moscow.
Daka scored all four goals in last month’s meeting in Russia to help the Foxes win 4-3, but they could run out of Harvey Barnes and James Maddison for the second leg after illness ripped through the club’s training ground. club.
The victory will keep the Foxes in their quest to finish top of their group, sending them straight into the knockout stages and ensuring they avoid the February play-off stage.
Leicester’s Patson Daka is poised to become the club’s record scorer in Europe
The Zambian forward scored four goals in a 4-3 win over Spartak Moscow in October
“I’m sure Spartak is focused on me,” said Daka, whose run in Moscow put him right up there with Vardy and Barnes as Leicester’s most prolific players in Europe, despite only making three appearances.
It is also a great opportunity for other players on the team. If they focus on me, they will set other players free. Anyone on our team can hunt them down so they don’t know what’s going to hit them. ‘
The 23-year-old Daka has scored just once in the Premier League since his £ 20 million transfer from Red Bull Salzburg last summer, as Jamie Vardy remains the first choice in that competition.
But Brendan Rodgers’ decision to let Vardy rest at cup competitions has given Daka his chance and last month he took it with sensational style.
But Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers was struck by a virus before the return game.
Midfielders James Maddison (right) and Harvey Barnes (center) could miss Thursday’s clash
“When you have a special individual performance, the opponents are more vigilant,” Rodgers said.
“We would love for him to score another four goals, but if he contributes as he did with and without the ball, I will be happy.
We’ve had Harvey Barnes, James Maddison and James Justin, who wouldn’t have been available anyway, with the bug for a few days. They are coming back now. If they are not in their prime for this game, they will be back at the weekend.
‘We would love to win the group. If we can do that, it means that we would not play in the competition again until March, but the overall goal is qualification. “