In-form Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho is set to start as the club’s number 9 in the opening fixture of the
2018/2019 English Premier League season against Manchester United, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Foxes open the new season next Friday night against last season’s runners-up at Old Trafford.But the 2016/2016 champions will be without two key players, one of whom is Jamie Vardy, Leicester’s first choice centre forward.
Vardy and Harry Maguire, the two Leicester stars at the Russia 2018 World Cup who helped England reach the semi-finals, will only return from their holidays at the weekend and will not be match-fit for Friday.
“I think if we are serious they cannot participate in this first game with five days training session with the team,” Leicester manager Claude Puel said after the 1-1 draw on Wednesday night with Valencia in which Iheanacho
Jamie and Harry are valuable players for us but we need to protect them also.
“If they are available to play in their minds it is a good thing and shows their desire to come back and fight with the
“They need normally more time but we will see together.”
Iheanacho, who missed Leicester’s first two pre-season games due to his participation in the World Cup with the Super Eagles, has been in impressive form playing as striker in his two pre-season games against top opponents.
He scored his side’s only goal in the 2-1 defeat to Serie A club Udinese last Saturday and followed up with another goal in the 1-1 draw with Valencia on Wednesday night. The Nigerian is Leicester’s most in-form striker at the moment and is expected to be handed a
starting role against United.