Leicester City will have to make do without star man James Maddison for their trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Friday, with the midfielder having seen a knee specialist in London after feeling pain in the area.
Maddison watched on as his side fell to a tame 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United at the King Power on Boxing Day, and is set to be forced to do the same on Friday when they head to Merseyside. He picked up an injury in the final game of the first part of the season, but was kept in Gareth Southgate’s England squad and trained with his compatriots, though he didn’t play a competitive minute as England were knocked out in the quarter-finals by France.
And his time absent is set to continue, Rodgers confirmed ahead of their clash with his former club.
“[Maddison] was with our doctor getting some special advice in London so I’ll wait to hear from them later on”, he explained. “He hasn’t trained with the squad.”
CBS add that the midfielder, who suffered knee pain ahead of joining up with England in Qatar, is now suffering an issue in a different part of his knee, sparking concerns that it could be a longer layoff than first anticipated.
Maddison, who was central to Leicester’s renaissance before the World Cup break, has not trained with the foxes since he returned from Qatar, and with Leicester in action twice in the coming week, the Englishman is unlikely to play a part in their clash with Fulham either.
Dennis Praet, who replaced Maddison in the starting XI against Newcastle, is also set to be missing against Liverpool, meaning that a change of system could be on the cards.