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Maddison injury latest as Leicester City midfielder aggravates hip problem

Brendan Rodgers is keeping his fingers crossed over James Maddison after the Leicester City midfielder aggravated the hip problem that causes him to miss the end of last season.

Maddison was substituted midway through the second half in the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, in which he had scored the opening goal. He had twice tried to continue after treatment, but was eventually forced off.

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He seemed to be moving freely at the end of the game when he headed down the tunnel, but will now be assessed.

The injury will be a concern for Rodgers given it is a recurrence of a problem that prevented him from playing in the crucial final few matches of the last campaign, and that saw him undergo a minor operation that prevented him from making a fast start to the current season.

“It was his hip,” Rodgers said after the win over Villa, and ahead of the second leg of the Europa League last-32 tie against Slavia Prague on Thursday. “He had this issue last season for a bit.

“He felt it in the game, so we had to take him off as a precaution not to make it any worse. We’ll see how he is.

“Yes, it’s the first time (he has felt it since the operation last summer), but we’re hoping it’s okay. It’s maybe just an aggravation, we’ll see how that is over the next two days.”

City’s other scorer at Villa Park, Harvey Barnes, walked off with an ice-pack on his knee, but Rodgers was not concerned.

He said: “I think after a long week and a lot of travel, I think there’s probably little issues with some players, but they’re just getting ice on some sore bones I’m sure.”

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