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Why Leicester’s Youri Tielemans missed Belgium’s clash with Estonia

Why Leicester’s Youri Tielemans missed Belgium’s clash with Estonia

Tielemans suffers slight knock in Belgian training

Leicester City star Youri Tieleman was absent for Belgium’s 5-2 win away at Estonia in a World Cup qualifier last night, with the midfielder failing to even take his place on the bench having prompted concern around the fitness and availability of the Foxes central figure.

But a fresh update today has alleviated concerns in both the Belgian camp and at the King Power Stadium, as Tielemans is not expected to miss any considerable amount of time, and is expected to return to Roberto Martinez’s matchday XI against the Czech Republic on Sunday at the Koning Boudewijn Stadion in Brussels.

“The Leicester City playmaker was a surprise absentee when the line-up was named on Thursday evening, and it has since emerged that he took a kick to the ankle in a training session the day before the game.

Reports from Belgium are that the injury is not too bad, and was just manager Roberto Martinez being cautious ahead of Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against a trickier opponent in Czech Republic, in which Tielemans is expected to be able to feature.” [quotes from The Leicester Mercury]

Vital for both club and country

Although Belgium smashed five on their away day in Tallin, the Red Devils still did not look as balanced in the center of the park. Despite a goal from Club Brugge’s Hans Vanaken and an international debut for Arsenal’s Sambi Lokonga, Belgium looked susceptible to being hit on the break in areas that Tielemans would normally help to cover while in tandem with midfield veteran Axel Witsel.

Why Leicester’s Youri Tielemans missed Belgium’s clash with Estonia

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur battles for possession with Youri Tielemans and Ricardo Pereira of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

That same influence he maintains for his country undoubtedly extends to Leicester City under headmaster Brendan Rodgers, with Tielemans standing as – hands down – one of the top midfielders in the Premier League during his time in the East Midlands, forming a brilliant partnership with Wilfred Ndidi.

His expected return to the matchday XI against the Czech Republic will see Tielemans clash with West Ham’s Tomáš Souček once again. Many faithful Foxes will continue to monitor his fitness during the international break, as Rodgers’ men prepare to host champions Manchester City once Premier League play resumes on 11 September.

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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