Leicester City manager, Claude Puel has revealed that injury to Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi left his side ‘imbalanced’ as they got hammered 5-0 by Crystal Palace in a premier league game yesterday.
The Nigerian is a huge part of the Foxes squad and rarely misses games as he is the first pick in midfield for the former Southampton manager.
“I hope it is not a serious injury for Ndidi and I hope he can play in the World Cup, all the scenarios today were bad for us. We will see. It is a hamstring injury. I hope it is not serious of course because it is an important moment.”
But after his side went 2-0 down in the first half courtesy goals by Wilfred Zaha and James McArthur the manager was unable to count on Ndidi’s services as he picked up a hamstring injury and was substituted by Aleksandar Dragovic after 51minutes.
It went from bad to worse as the former premier league champions were taken apart with three more goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Patrick van Aanholt and Christian Benteke.
“At 2-0 we lost all the balance to the team and there wasn’t enough desire. We tried to change it tactically at half-time, but the injury to Ndidi and the red card made it really difficult. Tough day,” Puel told the club’s official website.
“The red card was harsh. It was a battle between two players, both making contact. It happened during a crazy five minutes with the injury to Ndidi that left the team so imbalanced. We needed to react in the second half and this scenario made it impossible.
Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in June, Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr will hope the injury is not serious as Ndidi is one of the important member of his squad.
Kelechi Iheanacho was in action for Leicester for just 45minutes.