Leicester boss confirms fresh concerns about Wilfried Ndidi for Crystal Palace fixture

Leicester boss confirms fresh concerns about Wilfried Ndidi for Crystal Palace fixture

Leicester boss confirms Wilfried Ndidi’s absence this weekend

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed today the absence of key holding midfielder Wilfried Ndidi for the weekend clash against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

The Foxes crashed to a 1-0 loss at Legia Warszawa last night in their Europa League Group C contest that sees Leicester propping up the group, and Rodgers confirmed Ndidi – who missed the loss due to suspension – is a big doubt for the weekend;

“Obviously he couldn’t play tonight but he had a bit of an issue at the beginning of the Burnley game so he’s a big doubt for the weekend. He’s felt a little bit in his hamstring.”

Despite the likelihood that the Nigerian international will miss the trip to London, Rodgers hinted at the struggles that come with replacing someone as key as the former KRC Genk standout;

“It’s impossible to find what we have. We’ve got good players, but specifically the job he does in breaking up play and just his overall defending and in the box, he’s irreplaceable for us.

We have a number of other good players, we just need to find a different way. That’s also part of the point, as I said earlier in the season, for bringing Soumare into the squad, because he gives us that physicality. But Wilf’s a really unique and fabulous player.”

Is Ndidi absence down to historic mismanagement by Rodgers?

Though injuries are sure to happen at every club during every season in professional football, suggestions have been levied that Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is the root cause of what continuously ails Foxes players.

Last season was a particularly difficult season with injuries for Leicester, especially when the Foxes missed Harvey Barnes and James Maddison for a large part of the second-half of the campaign. Other key players the likes of Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, and Timothy Castagne also missed considerable time, but some feel that Rodgers needlessly utilized key assets before they were ready for a full return.

Leicester confirm fresh injury concern for Crystal Palace clash

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 28: Harvey Barnes of Leicester City receives treatment before being stretchered off during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at King Power Stadium on February 28, 2021 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

There remains a distinct lack of true depth at the King Power Stadium in certain positions, and perhaps Rodgers has felt in the past that Leicester only have a chance at cracking the top four if their best and brightest play as many matches as possible. But the rigors of the Premier League calendar are always sure to give managers grief, and unless Rodgers strikes a better balance – especially during yet another season in Europe – the Foxes may suffer once again.