At the start of the season, there was considerable uncertainty surrounding Leicester City, with an unproven manager in Enzo Maresca and key players having departed during the summer. Nevertheless, Leicester has had an outstanding start to the season, winning 12 out of their 13 league games, with their lone defeat occurring earlier in the campaign against Hull City at home.
Their 12 wins have propelled them to the top of the Championship table, with a five-point lead over Ipswich Town and a 14-point lead over third-place Leeds United. They’ve recently achieved eight consecutive wins, including a victory over Sunderland in midweek, and they are determined to extend this winning streak against struggling QPR.
Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has played a pivotal role in their successful campaign, but Leicester City will have to manage without him for the upcoming match, and possibly longer, as indicated by Maresca’s recent update.
How has Wilfred Ndidi performed for Leicester City this season?
Ndidi was absent from the Sunderland game due to a muscular injury, initially presumed to be a minor issue that required rest. However, Maresca has now provided further details, suggesting that Ndidi might be sidelined for an extended period.
During a pre-match press conference, Maresca stated via Leicester’s official website, “The only concern is Wilf. It appears to be more than just tiredness, as we initially thought, so he may need to sit out for several days or even weeks. It’s not a major problem, just a muscular issue that we initially underestimated. It’s not significant, but I anticipate he’ll be out for at least a few days or weeks.”
Can Leicester City manage without Wilfred Ndidi?
When teams drop down from the Premier League, they usually have a squad capable of excelling in the Championship. The same applies to Leicester, so when they encounter injuries like this, there’s an argument that they have ample alternatives to address the issue.
Leicester boasts a wealth of midfield talent, including Harry Winks, Hamza Choudhury, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, and Dennis Praet, all of whom can step in to fill the void. Fortunately, Leicester is facing QPR this Saturday, and unless they underperform, it should be another routine victory for them, potentially minimizing the impact of Ndidi’s absence.