James Maddison almost fully fit (Image: PA)

James Maddison is expected to be fit for Leicester’s Boxing Day meeting with Newcastle United despite missing Tuesday night’s League Cup game against MK Dons, Foxes assistant Chris Davies confirmed.

The England international is back from the World Cup and has recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in Qatar earlier this season.

Maddison has recovered, but after not being involved at all in England’s World Cup season, Leicester are trying to get him fit again, although that didn’t include playing him in the 3-0 win over MK Dons.

However, Davies believes he will play on Boxing Day when the Foxes host Newcastle in the Premier League.

“We really need to get him going, he’s training this week,” Davies said on Tuesday night. “He trained with England, he didn’t train initially when he first went, but then he did.

“He’s fine, he’s trained with us this week and he’s fine. It’s just a matter of updating. James came back a bit later than the other guys who played from the World Cup tonight, so he couldn’t play like the other guys wouldn’t when they came back later.

He’s training this week. I expect him to be available on Boxing Day.’

Goals from Youri Tielemans, Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy propelled Leicester through to the quarter-finals of the League Cup and Davies was pleased with the evening’s work.

“It was a really good night for us, really positive, now that we are a few weeks away from competitive games it was really good to come back with a good performance and a win,” he said.

“The team spirit was very good, we had most of the team with us at training camp.

“We had hoped this would be a perfect game for us on our journey to restarting the Premier League and it turned out to be so.”