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Leicester boss Rodgers confirms injury blow as key man ruled out

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up a knock in training according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Nigerian may undergo surgery, the Foxes boss told the press, but did not specify what injury the first-team man had suffered.

Ndidi missed Leicester’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Talking to the press before the match, Rodgers said that the injury isn’t very serious and he is expected to be back in action in February.

“Wilf took a knock in training yesterday, which unfortunately means he might need a slight operation tomorrow.

“That’ll put him out for a few weeks, but it’s not overly serious, so hopefully, going into February, he’ll be fit and ready to go again.”

Leicester Manager Brendan Rodgers on Ndidi’s injury

Ndidi has been an integral part of the Leicester set-up this season, featuring in 20 of their 21 Premier League matches so far.

His injury means that he will miss at least Leicester’s five matches in January including the return leg against Villa on January 28.

He has been key in the Foxes’ march to second place behind Liverpool and has made more tackles than anyone else in the entire league.

The Nigerian has chipped in with two goals and one assist this season as well.

22-year-old midfielder Hamza Choudhury can be expected to play an important role in covering Ndidi’s absence.

The youngster made a positive impact after coming off the bench against Villa and earned Rodgers’ praise after the match.

Leicester host Southampton up next in the Premier League on Saturday, 11 January.

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