Wilfred Ndidi

Ndidi Ruled Out Of QPR Clash, Maresca Confirms

Wilfred Ndidi will not be part of Leicester City’s travelling squad to face Queens Park Rangers this weekend, Manager Enzo Maresca has revealed.
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- Leicester City face Queens Park Rangers at MATRADE Loftus Road Stadium on Saturday
- Enzo Maresca provided a fitness update on his squad ahead of the fixture
- Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will be absent out through injury, the Manager confirmed
- Kasey McAteer, Tom Cannon, Will Alves and Sammy Braybrooke also remain out

The Nigerian midfielder missed the Foxes’ midweek victory over Sunderland with a muscular injury and is set to be out for an extended period, including Saturday’s trip to MATRADE Loftus Road Stadium (3pm BST kick-off).

“The only one is Wilf,” the 43-year-old revealed in his pre-match press conference. “That looks a bit more than tiredness as we thought at the beginning, so he probably has to stay out some days or weeks.

“It’s not an important problem, just a muscular problem that we thought was not important. It’s not big, but I think at least for some days or weeks he going to be out.”

Elsewhere in the squad, there are more positive signs on the progress of Kasey McAteer and Tom Cannon, who are both rejoining the training group in Seagrave, with Academy graduate McAteer close to being back in contention having not featured since the start of the month.

Tom [Cannon] needs some more time. It will be his first session with us [today] so he needs to understand the way that we want to play.

Enzo Maresca

“They are going to be with us for the first time today,” the Italian said on Friday. “It’s early but at least today we can see them with us for the first time. I don’t know if Kasey can be involved in tomorrow’s game but he is just with us.

“Tom needs some more time. It will be his first session with us so he needs to understand the way that we want to play, even if he’s joined the meetings. He needs to come and back fit. He has come back early but at the same time, he needs time because it was a long injury.”

Youngsters Will Alves and Sammy Braybrooke, meanwhile, are continuing their progress after ACL injuries.

“Sammy is not ready yet,” he added. “I said last time that Will had some sessions with us and looked good but as it’s a long-term injury, he needs to work. Hopefully we can have him with us soon.

“It was a very long injury so at the moment he has to work every day, train every day and enjoy it and then slowly come back with us. We’re in conversation with him but he looks like he has something special.

“The problem for Will, Tom, Callum [Doyle] and Dennis [Praet] is that when you’re out for a long time, you need to slowly come back.”




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