Brendan Rodgers confirms key Leicester man has ‘irritable’ injury

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2021 4:04 - Samuel Bannister

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that James Maddison is unavailable for Leicester’s Europa League Round of 32 second leg with Slavia Prague.

The England international is unlikely to need surgery but has been in London seeing a specialist over his hip injury.

Maddison, who came off during Sunday’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa, sat out the end of last season and needed an operation on his hip in July.

“He won’t be available. He is in consultation with our doctor and some specialists, we are just trying to see where we’re at,” boss Brendan Rodgers said ahead of Thursday’s tie.

“We don’t believe he needs more surgery. It’s irritable where he’s had the issue before. He’s been to London yesterday with our club doctor and he is there today getting another opinion.

“We’re confident he doesn’t need anything surgical. We just having to get a specialist’s opinion on it to formulate a plan for his recovery.

“We’ll look to be pretty flexible, we have other players with other attributes. We’ve had injuries all season and the beauty of this team and squad is they are quite flexible and they are very adaptable.”

James Justin (knee), Ayoze Perez (knee), Dennis Praet (hamstring) and Wesley Fofana (hamstring) also remain sidelined with Kelechi Iheanacho banned.

Leicester host Slavia in the second leg of their last-32 clash after drawing 0-0 in Prague last week.

Tielemans open to stay

They are aiming to reach the last 16 and Youri Tielemans believes he is in the perfect place to win silverware as he confirmed he is open to signing a new deal.

Rodgers said earlier this month the club would look to offer Tielemans a new contract even with the Belgium international still tied to the Foxes until 2023.

Tielemans is the Foxes’ record signing after joining from Monaco for around £35million in 2019 and is happy to stay at the King Power.

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He said: “Why not? This is a club where you have the best environment you can have. The people around you just want the best.

“It’s brilliant to be here. We’ll see what’s coming in the future but the environment is perfect to win trophies.

“You can’t predict the future but everything around the club and inside the club is made for it.”

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