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Jonny Evans eyeing 'amazing' cup double with Leicester City

Aston Villa v Leicester City, Carabao Cup Semi-Final, Second Leg, Villa Park, Tonight, 7.45pm (Agg: 1-1)


Silver service: Jonny Evans is eager to lift silverware this season

Silver service: Jonny Evans is eager to lift silverware this season

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Silver service: Jonny Evans is eager to lift silverware this season

Jonny Evans is targeting what he feels would be an "amazing" double cup glory for Leicester.

The Northern Ireland defender has, of course, won bountiful silverware from his days at Manchester United, including two League Cups. And the 32-year-old hopes this season can end in triumphant climax for Brendan Rodgers' side, particularly in the FA Cup, a trophy which, surprisingly, Leicester have yet to win.

The high-flying Foxes - currently third in the Premier League - are still foraging on two cup fronts as their season continues to open up to enticing possibilities.

The immediate test for Leicester is tonight's Carabao Cup semi-final second leg away to Aston Villa, having already booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup after a nervous 1-0 victory at Brentford on Saturday.

"I think if you ask anyone, winning the FA Cup has got to be one of the best achievements of your career," said Evans.

"It's such an historic trophy and you can see that with the fans and how they have responded to us (in cup games) and the atmosphere they've made. It would be an amazing achievement but there's still a long way to go. But this is a team that's hungry and we want to progress in the cups and get to finals.

"The cup competitions we have progressed in, and that's all you can ask. In the FA Cup that's the second round we've been in, and you get a couple more wins and you never know.

"Cup games have a different feel to them, and obviously the next thing for us is the semi-final. It's away at a tough place at Aston Villa and it's one that we know we are going to have to be at the top of our game if we're going to progress. But the confidence from the win against Brentford and our last game in the league, winning against West Ham, we will take into it."

The crunch Carabao Cup tie is keenly poised at 1-1 from the first leg at the King Power Stadium on January 8. Evans, though, admits to a slight sense of disappointment at not travelling to Villa Park with an advantage.

"It probably was disappointing for us as home has been a real good place for us as we've managed to break many teams down," explained the 84-times-capped Newtownabbey native.

"I thought Villa defended really well, but there were certain aspects to our play that I think we could have exploited a bit better.

"We'll take that into the second leg. We know what cup competitions are like and we got a good measure in that first leg.

"We've got a great depth to our squad. The manager has been able to bring people in over the last couple of months, including lads who have not played as much as they maybe would have liked, but they've come in and done a great job."

Meanwhile, Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is set to return from a hamstring injury tonight.

The 33-year-old missed the FA Cup win at Brentford having limped off with a possible hamstring problem during the previous game against West Ham.

However, Foxes boss Rodgers confirmed the veteran "will have a part to play".

"He'll be in the squad," he said. "He's worked very hard since picking up the injury and we'll give it another full day, so we can see how he is tomorrow and decide if he starts or comes on. But he will have a part to play."

Belfast Telegraph