Injury update on five Leicester stars before West Ham showdown

Ricardo Pereira of Leicester City (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
Ricardo Pereira of Leicester City (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images) /

Leicester City host West Ham United in a match which will determine which competition they are competing in. Here is the latest injury news ahead of it.

Against Newcastle United, the King Power club were without several key players and saw a couple limp off the pitch after a gruelling defensive performance which saw them achieve a draw. Nevertheless, the Foxes will need all their might to achieve anything in the coming fixture.

Leicester City’s nigh full squad

For the first time in several seasons, the only really absences should be out of favour or less important players. That has to be considered positive news: a near full squad to face our most important match in years.

According to LeicestershireLive, the only additional absentee is likely Wilfred Ndidi who went off with a hamstring concern. Meanwhile, Jonny Evans limped off with cramp so should be fine for the coming tie. The Nigerian midfielder has not been at his best, so that could be a blessing in disguise; meanwhile, Evans is a critical option, hopefully though he can be brought on during the match and not necessarily a starter.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Ricardo Pereira, and Caglar Soyuncu were unavailable for the Magpies test. Pereira and Soyuncu had hamstring issues which seem to be expected to resolve themselves ahead of the final fixture. Meanwhile, ‘KDH’ suffered an ankle issue, so has not trained.

Therefore, Ndidi and Dewsbury-Hall might still be out for West Ham United, where Cags et al should make their return and be alright for the tie. This would mean Pereira and Soyuncu starting ahead of their respective numbers. Nampalys Mendy should start instead of the injured Ndidi, and he would have been a better option anyway.

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I would expect a less defensive approach from Dean Smith, and Leicester will likely play a 4-3-3 with the usual suspects in the side. The only alternate option could be using a defensive midfielder at the base of a trio instead of an attacking midfielder at its tip.