The two players Leicester City are set to be without vs Watford when the Premier League returns

It is now less than two weeks until the Premier League is back for Watford and their top flight rivals.

The Hornets are preparing for the return of the top flight later this month, with 92 fixtures remaining in the 2019/20 season.

All of those will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal the first two games to be played on Wednesday, June 17.

Watford will return to action on Saturday, June 20, when they welcome Leicester City to Vicarage Road.

But the Hornets could be without a number of players for the game due to injury, with Nigel Pearson’s men missing some long-term absentees.

The injury news is better for their opponents, who currently sit third in the Premier League, with Leicester only currently missing two players.

They are full-back Ricardo Pereira and midfielder Daniel Amartey, who are both set to miss the game against the Hornets.

Pereira was ruled out for the season by Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers after damaging ligaments in his knee, with the Portuguese defender undergoing surgery in March.

He has been making progress in his recovery, as reported by Leicestershire Live, but he is still not expected to return to action soon.

Asked if he could play any part in the remaining games this season, Rodgers recently said: “No, I wouldn’t have thought so.

“At this moment in time, we’re not looking at that.

“He’s working very hard in his rehabilitation, he’s doing very well, but I wouldn’t have thought so at this point.”

In his absence, Rodgers is likely to turn to former Luton Town defender James Justin.

Meanwhile, Rodgers is still likely to be without Amartey, who has not featured in a senior game since the former Liverpool and Celtic boss took charge at the King Power Stadium.

The Ghanaian international has been a long-term absentee following ankle surgery, and although he played for Leicester in the Football League Trophy against Doncaster in December, he suffered a further setback which has kept him out since.

 

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