Wednesday Jan 22, 2020. 09:00
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says there’s a ‘great chance’ Wilfred Ndidi will face West Ham United.
The central midfielder could be included in the matchday squad for Wednesday’s English Premier League clash with the Hammers at King Power Stadium.
However, the Northern Irishman will not rush the Nigeria international’s return to action with the player having recovered from a knee injury.
“Yes, there’s a great chance he’ll be in the squad for tomorrow. We’ll see how he is from today,” Rodgers told the club’s official website.
“He’s made an incredible recovery. I think that’s the thing with the type of operation he had, people will recover in different timescales. For Wilf, it was 11 days.
“He’s been out on the pitch, he’s had all the tests. It’s a great testament to him and our medical team, the work that’s gone into getting him fit. He’s available, we think,” he added.
“We’ll give it another period of time just to make sure that he feels good and feels right in himself. He wasn’t one that we wanted to rush, but over the course of the last number of days, he’s been fantastic.
“He’s been in duels, he’s had the test and if there was going to be any effects, it would have taken place over the last few days. He’s come through it really well.”
When asked about Ndidi’s qualities, Rodgers described him as ‘phenomenal’, and knows it will be a ‘huge boost’ for his side this week,” he said.
“He’s a real colossal player for us,” he added. “He allows to defend and to defend forward. He covers a lot of space for our attacking players and there are not too many players better than him who do that job.
“He’s a phenomenal player. To have him back early is a huge boost for us. He has been a miss, no doubt.”