In a recent press conference, Leicester City manager Claude Puel expressed his dismay over the hamstring injury sustained by Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi during the club’s 5-0 Premier League defeat against Crystal Palace last Saturday. Despite numerous inquiries, Puel refrained from providing a specific recovery timeline for the talented 21-year-old, leaving fans in suspense.
Completesportsnigeria.com reported on the unfolding situation, noting unsubstantiated claims that Ndidi could be sidelined for six weeks, raising doubts about his participation in the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia. Having played a pivotal role in 38 matches across all competitions this season, with 33 appearances in the Premier League alone, Ndidi’s absence would undoubtedly pose a significant challenge for the team.
During the press conference held on Friday, Puel disclosed that the injury list extended beyond Ndidi, with up to nine first-team players potentially unavailable for the upcoming Premier League clash against West Ham United. Ankle issues plagued Robert Huth, Shinji Okazaki, Kasper Schmeichel, and Ben Chilwell during training, while Matty James underwent tendon surgery. Additionally, Daniel Amartey and Marc Albrighton faced hamstring strains, and Albrighton was suspended.
Puel provided a glimpse into the squad’s status, stating, “Vicente Iborra has returned to the squad after a few training sessions. Danny Simpson is unavailable due to groin pain.”
Addressing the uncertainty surrounding recovery times, Puel acknowledged the challenge posed by hamstring injuries, emphasizing a potential healing period ranging from two to eight weeks based on the severity of the strain. While some key players are on the mend, including goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, Puel acknowledged the difficulty of navigating the upcoming fixtures with several key players unavailable.
As fans anxiously await updates on Ndidi’s condition, the manager’s reserved stance on the recovery timeline adds a layer of suspense to Leicester City’s challenging period.