Monday Sep 07, 2020. 16:00
Ghana international Daniel Amartey marked his return from a long-term injury with a goal which pleased Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers.
The defender-cum-midfielder has been out with an ankle injury for nearly two years, but he recently resumed training with his Leicester teammates ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Amartey, 25, netted for the former English Premier League champions as they drew 1-1 with Championship club Blackburn Rovers in a pre-season friendly match on Saturday.
“They’re a team that will be up challenging in the Championship next season. It was always going be a really good test for us, but I’m pleased for the likes of Daniel Amartey coming back, in his first game in a long time,” Rodgers said on the club website.
“Again, it’s more minutes in the legs for our senior players and established first-team players, and for some of our young players, a chance for them to come in and play with a little bit of pressure, even though it’s pre-season, and feel a tempo and intensity at this level.
“I think before the end of the window shuts, it will be an opportunity for a number of them to get out and get games because they need to play if they’re going to improve under pressure. If they’re not going to be here, that is.”
Amartey and his Leicester teammates are set to start their 2020/21 Premier League campaign against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
“But I think they came in and they worked very, very hard, and just a little spell at the end of the game, when they’re under a little bit of pressure and they concede late on, it’s good for them to feel that pressure to make sure they don’t concede again,” Rodgers added.
“So yes, I’ve been pleased with them, the training attitude’s being absolutely brilliant. It’s really helped us over this period of the pandemic, but also when the international players have been away.”
Amartey has played 26 international matches for Ghana, but he missed last year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals due to an injury.