Leicester City defender Sean St Ledger on the road to recovery
Leicester City defender Sean St Ledger faces another couple of weeks on the sidelines.
The Republic of Ireland international has not played since picking up a hamstring injury against Bristol City at the start of last month.
Unlucky St Ledger has missed the last three games and has featured in just six of City's first 13 Championship fixtures this term after a pre-season injury ruled him out at the start of the campaign.
"Recovery isn't going too badly, I reckon I'll probably be another couple of weeks," said St Ledger.
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"It's just been a bit of nightmare really because of the timing of it, but that's football – injury is part-and-parcel of it.
"It's frustrating more than anything because I got an injury in pre-season. Then you just hope that you've put the injury troubles behind you.
"It was just bad timing because we were doing so well as a team.
"I was forming a good partnership with Wes (Morgan) and, the more you play together, the more confidence the manager has in you as a pair and as individuals."
In St Ledger's absence, Zak Whitbread, who signed in the summer after being released by Norwich, has taken the place of the injured Irishman.
Despite having his own history of injury problems, 28-year-old Whitbread has performed well.
St Ledger said he would never expect to get the shirt back straight away.
"If I was playing in the team, and the team was doing well, then I wouldn't expect to be left out," he said.
"Suspensions and injuries happen week in, week out, and sometimes you just have to wait for your chance, work hard in training and just let the manager make his decision."
City boss Nigel Pearson has admitted that he will not try to rush St Ledger back into action.
"He has responded very well to treatment," said Pearson. "The bottom line with any injury is that it will take as long as it takes. We are not in a position where we are going to rush him.
"It is the same criteria applied to him and everyone else. When players are back, I want them to stay back.
"I am not prepared to rush players back one game early if it is going to put in jeopardy their availability during a sustained period.
"He is a very positive character in terms of how he deals with the disappointment.
"He has had one or two setbacks here, but he always responds in a positive way and that can only help him."