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Puel Laments Ndidi’s Hamstring Injury, Silent On Recovery Time

Puel Laments Ndidi’s Hamstring Injury, Silent On Recovery Time

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has spoken out about his frustration over the club’s Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi’s hamstring injury but the Frenchman did not give a specific recovery period, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Ndidi, 21, picked up the injury during Leicester’s 5-0 Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace last Saturday and there have been unsubstantiated reports that the former Genk star would be out for six weeks, putting his participation at the Russia 2018 World Cup in doubt.


The Super Eagles star, who was named Leicester’s Young Player of the Year for the second straight season, has played 38 matches in all competitions this season for the club, 33 of them in the Premier League.

Puel said during his press conference on Friday that he could be without up to nine members of his first team squad including Ndidi for Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Ham United.

“There’s an ankle problem with [Robert] Huth, [Shinji] Okazaki, [Kasper] Schmeichel, and [Ben] Chilwell in training,” Puel said.

“[Matty] James has had tendon surgery. It’s a hamstring strain for [Wilfred] Ndidi and [Daniel] Amartey and [Marc] Albrighton is suspended.

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“[Vicente] Iborra has come back into the squad. He comes back with just two or three training sessions and we will see for Saturday. [Danny] Simpson has a groin pain and is not available also.”

Hamstring injuries could take between two weeks and eight weeks to heal depending on the severity of the strain.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is still recovering from an ankle problem and Puel added: “We will wait for Kasper and how he is feeling, if he can come back. It’s the same with Okazaki and different players.

“It’s not a serious injury but there are a lot of players are not available and it’s difficult.”

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  • Paschal 5 years ago

    If its true that Ndidi wont make it to the world cup then theres no need for me to watch the world cup at all.

  • ojo samuel 5 years ago

    lol…ndidi is just the star man of that team aside moses and mikel

  • I wish Ndidi well however, the central/defensive midfield position is arguably Nigeria’s strongest position going to the world cup and the possibilities are plentiful.

    Onazi – can play as a right and left defensive midfield or central midfield.

    Ogu – can play in right, left or central midfield.

    Etebo – has excelled in central and right defensive midfield. Also, he has excelled as a winger and attacking midfield. He is also a better passer of the ball.

    Agu – a natural defensive midfielder.

    Victor Moses – his experience as a right wing-back also makes him suitable for right defensive midfield. He can also play as an all-round midfielder.

    Shehu Abdullahi – a natural and sturdy defensive midfielder.

  • Ayphillydegreat 5 years ago

    I’ll rather have Joel Obi a natural box to box midfielder instead of Agu. With the exception of Mikel I don’t think anyone can replace Ndidi in that midfield. Maybe Shehu to some extent. Hopefully he’s fit enough for the WorldCup. According to reports he will be out for four weeks, but will need two weeks to be fully fit which will culminate to the start of the Mundial. Therefore, by the time we face Croatia he should be ready. I’ll rather have an half fit Onyinye than all these Agu, Ogu, Agbo and co.

  • ojo samuel 5 years ago

    all those guys listed above are mere replacements…they can never be like ndidi…only onazi can come in but in 4-2-3-1 formation…who will pair onazi …is that flop, m.agu…or j.ogu or injury prone j.obi who has not been able to blend with the team…we just need ndidi…asking shehu to play as DM will only cause kasala in the right wing …ebuehi is half fit and aina has not really impressed me.