Leicester City midfielder James Maddison has allayed fears of him missing the World Cup, explaining that his injury ‘isn’t too bad’ after he was forced off in the Foxes’ win over West Ham United.
The midfielder, who was called up to Gareth Southgate’s squad for the first time in three years on Thursday, opened the scoring for Brendan Rodgers’ rejuvenated Leicester City, but limped off after just 25 minutes after suffering what looked like a knee injury.
And it sparked fears that his call-up could have been in vain, with the midfielder potentially sidelined for the 2022 World Cup, which kicks off in a week’s time.
However, he re-emerged onto the substitutes bench in the second half, and Brendan Rodgers moved to ease fears after the game as to the extent of his injury.
“He’s fine”, the Leicester boss explained. “It was just precautionary, a little soreness on the side of the knee. He hasn’t trained a lot this week. He’s OK.”Open in new window
“It was a difficult day for players going to the World Cup”, he added. “We’ve tried to protect them.”
And, taking to Twitter, Maddison himself issued an update to the same vein.
“Another win & another goal”, he wrote. “Perfect way to finish before the break Injury isn’t too bad! A small problem that was causing a bit of soreness. Can’t wait to meet up with the lads Monday”.
England open their World Cup campaign with a clash with Iran on November 21st, before they face the USA and Wales across the remainder of group B.
You can read about who made every World Cup squad for the upcoming tournament here.