Leicester will be without captain Wes Morgan for this week’s Champions League quarter-final with Atletico Madrid, as manager Craig Shakespeare’s explained his much-changed line-up at Everton.
Shakespeare rested five players in the 4-2 defeat, but Morgan’s absence was due to a back injury which will also keep him out of the first leg in Spain.
“The team selection was with the games coming up in mind,” explained Shakespeare.
“We play Wednesday, Saturday and Tuesday. We have a good squad and players who have had to be patient. We wanted to be competitive and win the game and the selection was to get three points, but it was more about squad rotation.”
Asked about Morgan, Shakespeare said: “He won’t be ready for Wednesday.
“Once he got injured there was no timeframe but it gives others a chance. It gives opportunities to other people. People have come in and done well. It didn’t seem there were any other problems.”
Shakespeare sacrificed a personal accolade to prioritise the trip to Europe.
A win at Goodison would have seen him match Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti winning his first six games as a Premier League manager.
“Footballers are resilient. We have been on a good run and need to go on another good run,” he said.