It’s fair to say that Leicester City had the dream start to the season. Even with a number of injury problems at the start of the campaign, they sit very contently at the top of the Premier League table.
It highlights the fact that The Foxes have more strength in depth these days, and it also suggests that they could go from strength to strength when everyone returns.
The squad is in a good place and there is hope now for a swift return for players like Ricardo who has been out since the last game before lockdown with a knee injury.
He is closing in on a return, maybe not for the Liverpool game, but certainly in the next few games.
Then there is Timothy Castagne who looks set to return after the international break.
That’s two big players to come back in at the wing-back and full-back positions. The return of those two players will be extremely useful to the options Brendan Rodgers has available in defence.
It does leave the manager with some really big decisions to make because players have stepped up and performed in the absence of those missing.
Does Rodgers bring in the players who have been injured and are big players to Leicester? Or does he stick with the players who have got them to the top of the league in James Justin, Marc Albrighton and Luke Thomas?
They have all been used in the absence of Castagne and Ricardo, and now Rodgers will need to decide who to go with when everyone is ready for selection.
Ricardo has been out for a long time now, but he is so important to this side you would think he should come straight back into the team.
He has been training with the full squad, but it’s feasible he could get some match time with the under 23s.
Justin has been a more than adequate back-up for Ricardo, but bringing back one of the best right-backs in the league will surely be too tempting for the manager. The switch at left-back will be easy enough with Castagne slipping back into that role left by Ben Chilwell.
There’s an even bigger conundrum awaiting Rodgers in midfield.
Wilfred Ndidi is still stepping up his recovery, and that has seen Papy Mendy stepping up and impressing in the centre of midfield. A few weeks ago everyone would have said to bring Ndidi straight back into the side when he recovers, but Mendy has been one of the key players.
Dropping him won’t be an easy call for Rodgers to make, but it doesn’t work playing them both together. The most likely scenario is that Ndidi will have to impress in training and fight his way back into the starting eleven.
Leicester are next in action when they take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side at Anfield after the international break.