McLeish undecided on Heskey

Former England international could make return to Leicester

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Alex McLeish has revealed he will wait until the end of the season before deciding on whether to extend Emile Heskey's contract.

The 34-year-old is out of the contract in the summer and has been hampered with an Achilles tendon injury over recent weeks.

Heskey has been linked with an emotional return to his first club Leicester, where he would undoubtedly be seen as a figurehead.

Yet McLeish is not prepared to discount the vast experience of the former Liverpool and England marksman.

Transitional period

"We realise that this is a transitional period at the club so it is not right for us to make quick decisions," he said.

"The overall position is that we'll review things at the end of the season.

"It's up to guys like big Emile to produce a few good performances between now and the end of the season by banging in a few goals, getting a few assists, and then we can address it at that time.

"From what I've seen in training this morning, I would certainly say he will continue to give everything.

"Emile is a guy who gives everything and does everything he can for the team. Will he go back to Leicester in the summer? I haven't got a clue."

Impact

Heskey showed his willingness for the cause and played through the pain barrier until the injury forced him on the sidelines.

It is an injury that McLeish is aware will have to be managed carefully for the rest of the season as he prepares to include him in the team to face Arsenal in Sunday's FA Cup clash.

"We've just been kind of managing him and allowing him to make an impact sub or for a certain amount of time in games," he added.

"It just became a bit intolerable for him but he's had a few scans and injections. He's fit to play."