Unfortunately for Leicester City, inform midfield maestro James Maddison was withdrawn early from the win over Aston Villa through injury.
It is fairly easy to see from our featured image above that James Maddison was in the wars on Sunday in Birmingham, as they say. England’s hopeful playmaker was being kicked all over again; incidentally winning opportunistic free-kicks in advantageous positions.
Though it was a more innocuous issue that finally ended the former-Norwich City man’s day at Villa Park. He and Harvey Barnes would eventual bury the Villans with two well-taken finishes. Both now banging so hard on Gareth Southgate’s England office door that it’ll come off its hinges soon!
Meanwhile, manager Brendan Rodgers gave an update on his No.10’s problem:
“It was his [Maddison’s] hip. He had this issue last season for a bit. He felt it in the game, so we had to take him off as a precaution not to make it any worse. We’ll see how he is.
“Yes, it’s the first time (he has felt it since the operation last summer), but we’re hoping it’s okay. It’s maybe just an aggravation, we’ll see how that is over the next two days.”
– Brendan Rodgers
Upcoming crucial Leicester City match
Next up for the Foxes is the second leg of a Europa League Round of 32 tie against Slavia Prague, back in England this time. King Power Stadium will host the Czech outfit, who made it their mission to put Leicester’s backs up by offending them prior to the clash last Thursday.
However, in Foxes of Leicester’s view, that manoeuvre backfired: Kasper Schmeichel – apparently overweight, according to the Prague side – was in good form whilst keeping them out; in addition to the result, or outcome, being far more favourable to the English team.
Nevertheless, Slavia are a dangerous outfit, who I certainly underestimated. But a consolation goal is all they can hope for – hopefully it’s after the east Midlanders have bagged a couple first.