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Why Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho was sent home from Europa League tie

Why Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho was sent home from Europa League tie

Leicester City in Europa League action

After a poor start to their Premier League campaign this time around, Leicester City have a chance to benefit from their successful season last time out with a Europa League tie against Legia Warsaw, having opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Napoli.

The Foxes will be looking to go far in the Europa League, knowing that a shot at Champions League qualification via domestic competition is a long-shot, after taking just 7 points from their opening six games.

Winning this competition, however, grants entry into the top tier of European football regardless of where the midlands outfit finish in the Premier League, making it a lucrative option.

Iheanacho sent home after passport fiasco

One player who will not be part of the side taking on the Polish giants, however, is forward Kelechi Iheanacho. The Nigerian has failed to find the net in the Premier League so far this campaign, and was set to start against Legia.

However, in a somewhat comedic turn of events, he is set to fly home this evening after a passport fiasco. As per John Percy, of the Daily Telegraph:

Iheanacho arrived in the capital of Warsaw at around 3.30pm but was soon informed that he would not be allowed into the country due to a documentation issue with his passport

Speaking about the incident, Brendan Rodgers revealed:

We’ve had an issue with Kelechi so his documentation coming into the country wouldn’t suffice. Unfortunately he’s not available to play which is a shame because he would have played in the game. The paperwork didn’t allow him to enter the country, which is unfortunate. We’ll have to look at that when we get back.”

While bad news for Iheanacho, this hands a massive chance to summer signing Patson Daka, who will surely lead the line for the Foxes tomorrow night.

Leicester are also without Jonny Evans, Wilfred Ndidi and Wesley Fofana through illness, suspension and injury respectively.

Will they get a much needed win to truly kickstart their season?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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