Javier Zanetti could present obstacle in Leicester’s Premier League survival bid

Javier Zanetti

With the Argentine organising a special charity match for May 4th and Esteban Cambiasso due to play, should Foxes fans be a little worried?

It’s been nearly a year since Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti decided to hang up his boots and take a role behind the scenes at the San Siro, yet the Argentine could still play a decisive role in this season’s Premier League relegation battle.

The 41-year-old was not the only world-class servant to depart Inter last summer after all, with Esteban Cambiasso also exiting the club.

Yet, unlike his Argentine compatriot, the 34-year-old was far from done with the game and soon found himself in the Premier League with newly-promoted Leicester City.

A surprise capture for the Foxes, Cambiasso has largely impressed throughout his time at the King Power stadium this season.

Yet it’s during Leicester’s recent run of four consecutive wins that the Champions League winner’s class has really shown.

An ever-present throughout those fixtures, Cambiasso has scored once and provided an assist for another goal with the Foxes moving out of the relegation zone having been seven points from safety back in April.

But just as Leicester look close to pulling off the great escape with the Argentine front-and-centre for much of the action, his old teammate Zanetti could be about to throw a spanner in the works.

According to a report in the Corriere dello Sport, the Inter favourite has recruited Cambiasso for a special charity match designed to raise money for underprivileged children in Milan.

Scheduled for Monday May 4th, the charity game would be played five days before a crunch home fixture with Southampton and two days after another key game against Newcastle.

With Cambiasso playing a pivotal role in Leicester’s late revival, manager Nigel Pearson will be keen to keep the veteran wrapped in cotton wool during the down time between the two games.

Yet with Zanetti’s match raising money for an important cause, Foxes fans may be left hoping the Argentine avoids injury to help lead last season’s Championship winners to another season in the top-flight.

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