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.
“[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.”