Brendan Rodgers reveals he subbed Wesley Fofana off EARLY so he might break his quick throughout Ramadan, with Leicester’s ‘outstanding’ defender enjoying an hour of their win over West Brom regardless of not consuming or ingesting all day
- Ramadan is a month-long pageant within the Islamic calendar till 12 Could this yr
- Wesley Fofana began Leicester’s wins towards Southampton and West Brom
- He was substituted by Brendan Rodgers on the hour mark towards the Baggies
- And the Foxes boss admits he must handle the participant whereas he fasts
The month-long pageant of Ramadan within the Islamic calendar runs till 12 Could within the UK this yr, and sees Muslims quick throughout daytime.
However the 20-year-old – regardless of not having eaten or drank water all through the day – began Leicester’s 3-0 win towards West Brom on Thursday evening, only a few days after doing the identical of their FA Cup semi-final win towards Southampton.
Brendan Rodgers admits he must defend Wesley Fofana as he observes Ramadan
Foxes boss Rodgers substituted the 20-year-old after an hour of their win towards West Brom
The sport towards West Brom kicked off at 8pm, and simply 14 minutes later sundown fell in Leicester, signalling permission for fasting Muslims to eat and drink, and which coincided with the early phases of the membership’s 3-0 win.
Rodgers then introduced on Marc Albrighton for the Frenchman on the hour mark towards Sam Allardyce’s males to permit him to eat and drink after evening had fallen, and insists he must handle the younger defender rigorously through the fasting interval.
‘He is high-quality. He is a younger participant in the midst of Ramadan, so he isn’t consuming through the day,’ Rodgers stated.
‘It is outstanding. When you consider his efficiency on the weekend in an FA Cup semi-final, the place he hasn’t eaten all day after which he had first style of meals with quarter-hour to go, after which the identical as we speak, with an 8pm kick-off, he isn’t eaten all day or drank and he can nonetheless carry out to that degree.
The Frenchman additionally began the FA Cup semi-final win towards Southampton whereas fasting
‘It was only one the place I assumed if I might get him off then he might get some meals into him on the bench, and simply defend him somewhat bit.
‘I’ve labored with a lot of gamers with devotion to their faiths and for lots of the fellows it provides them power.
‘He is discovering an unimaginable power to play constantly and prepare throughout Ramadan. He is a particular expertise and an enormous participant for us.’
Fofana has been a revelation for the Foxes since becoming a member of from Saint-Etienne this summer time.
Jonny Evans (centre) and Kelechi Iheanacho (proper) have been each on track towards the Baggies
Beginning towards West Brom with Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu, the trio stored their third clear sheet in 4 video games.
On the different finish of the sector, strikers Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho scored both facet of Evans’ aim in a blistering opening 36 minutes on the King Energy Stadium.
The win moved Leicester as much as third within the Premier League desk, 4 factors forward of fellow Champions League-chasing rivals Chelsea and West Ham.