Ryan Bertrand has been omitted from Leicester City’s Europa Conference League squad to make room for the returns of James Justin and Wesley Fofana.
The injured left-back is the unfortunate one to miss, with City needing to create space for their two key defenders, who were left out of the Europa League squad in the fall.
Now both will be able to play in the new tournament, which begins with City taking on Danish Cup winners Randers in a draw this month.
Entering the Conference League after finishing third in their Europa League group, City have been allowed to make a maximum of three changes to their List A squad for UEFA competition, which was due to be submitted last week.
Clubs are allowed to nominate 25 List A players, but four must have come through the club’s own academy. The city has only three who meet the criteria – Harvey Barnes, Hamza Choudhury and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall – and are therefore only allowed to name a maximum of 24.
In the fall, with Justin and Fofana both out with long-term injuries, the pair were dropped from the squad. But with Justin back to full fitness and Fofana due to return to full training this month, City have opted to call them back.
And so they had to find two players to fight their way through. Filip Benkovic, after the cancellation of his contract, was one, while Bertrand is the other. The left-back, signed on a free transfer from Southampton in the summer, recently underwent knee surgery.
Papy Mendy, who will return to City after winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, is also out again, despite being included in the Premier League squad for the second half of the season.
Although Fofana is under 21, he had to be placed on the A list as he hasn’t been with the club for at least two years.
Luke Thomas, meanwhile, can be placed on the Unlimited B List, which can be updated as the tournament progresses.
City’s List A squad for the Conference League Round of 16 can be seen below.
Guardians: Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Ward, Eldin Jakupovic
Defenders: James Justin, Wesley Fofana, Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, Jannik Vestergaard, Timothy Castagne
Midfielders: Harvey Barnes, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Marc Albrighton, Daniel Amartey, Hamza Choudhury, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Wilfred Ndidi, Ademola Lookman, Boubakary Soumare
Forwards: Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez, Patson Daka