Thu. May 26th, 2022

Leicester sweats in fitness of Kelechi Iheanacho ahead of clash at Manchester United after striker was taken off with injury during Nigeria’s shock defeat at Central African Republic

  • Kelechi Iheanacho suffered injury for Nigeria against the Central African Republic
  • He immediately announced to the bench that he needed to be replaced
  • It is a blow for Leicester ahead of their showdown with Manchester United


Kelechi Iheanacho has given Leicester an injury scare just seven days after their Premier League clash against Manchester United.

The striker was taken off at half-time during Nigeria’s shock 1-0 home defeat to the Central African Republic in their World Cup qualifier.

Iheanacho fell to the grass and signaled to the bench after shooting wide in the 34th minute. He tried to continue but did not reappear in the second half.

Kelechi Iheanacho was injured internationally with Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier

Kelechi Iheanacho was injured internationally with Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier

Nigeria will face the same opponents again on Sunday and boss Gernot Rohr said: ‘We already have some injuries. I do not know if Kelechi is able to play, he knocked. ‘

Leicester are hoping it’s only a minor issue as boss Brendan Rodgers had hoped to banish their wobbles at the start of the season by pairing Iheanacho with Jamie Vardy in attack.

Both were on target in the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace before the international break and have proved to be a fine partnership.

The Leicester striker had to be replaced and could miss the crucial match at United

The Leicester striker had to be replaced and could miss the crucial match at United

In the 15 games they have started together since March, Leicester have scored 29 times and are among the few Foxes players in shape.

Leicester are already without Iheanacho’s international colleague Wilfred Ndidi with a joint pain that is likely to equate him for next month.

Key men Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans and James Justin have all been absent due to injury.

Iheanacho scored in Leicester's 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in their last match

Iheanacho scored in Leicester’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in their last match

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