Leicester City: Richie Wellens’ fitness is crucial, says Ben Marshall
Ben Marshall believes a fully-fit Richie Wellens could prove to be the difference in Leicester City’s promotion challenge.
Wellens has been a guiding influence on the England under-21 international, and Marshall said it would be great to see Wellens back in the City line-up on a regular basis.
The 32-year-old came through 70 minutes of last Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Huddersfield Town, his first appearance for City since April, following a serious knee injury.
“I am quite close to Richie and I know it has been hard for him,” said Marshall, who joined City from Stoke just before last season’s transfer window close.
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“It is good to see him back and good to play with him again.
“He got 70 minutes last Saturday and I just hope he can get fit and get back into the side because I know how much he wants it. I will keep my fingers crossed for him.
“When we travel we travel together and stay together. He has been a great help to me.
“Some say he loves a moan on the pitch but he just helps you out all the time. He is a good player to play alongside.
“He could be the difference for us in our push to reach the Premier League.”
Marshall said there was a buzz in the City dressing-room as the players enter the final few months of the season in strong contention for promotion.
City could strengthen their place in the automatic promotion places with victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow night.
“The challenge is to stay there,” said Marshall.
“We have had a good run of wins and, hopefully, we can keep that going and remain there.
“The confidence is high. We are winning games and the end of the season seems to be getting closer now, whereas at the start of the season it felt far away.
“We are still up there and the games are getting less. Hopefully, we can stay there.
“There seems to be a buzz about the camp because it is getting closer to the end of the season.
“Everyone gets on and it is good to have a mix of older and younger players.
“I think it helps when a lot of the players knew each other before.”