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Brendan Rodgers insists FA Cup is important to Leicester

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers maintains the FA Cup is ‘important’ to his side despite an ongoing battle for Premier League survival.

Rodgers’ team will take on Championship play-off hopefuls Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round on Tuesday evening, and the North Irishman insists FA Cup glory remains one of his seasonal goals.

“It’s very big, no matter where we are, but it’s even more so this year, the importance of it,” he said in the build-up, as relayed by BBC.

“It’s never been not important – all the cup games have been that.

“We’re playing against a good team – they’re doing very well in the Championship up in those play-off positions. They’ve been used to winning this year.”

Tuesday’s visit of the six-time FA Cup winners Blackburn could serve as a welcome distraction after Gabriel Martinelli’s strike handed Arsenal a 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

That result left the Foxes firmly embroiled in a dreaded relegation scrap in the Premier League, only three points clear of 18th-placed Everton, following back-to-back defeats ‘to nil.’

Amid a frustrating battle for top-flight survival, Rodgers’ side will seek refuge in the competition they conquered two years ago, courtesy of Youri Tielemans’ winner against Chelsea.

Leicester’s journey to emulate their historic FA Cup triumph in 2020/21 has been off to a safe start, with a pair of 1-0 wins over lower-league sides Gillingham and Walsall helping them set up this tie.

But they may have to do it without Tielemans, who reportedly picked up an ankle injury against Arsenal, with the Foxes awaiting the results of a scan to understand the gravity of the problem.

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