Leicester’s medical staff were forced to check James Maddison’s pulse after the attacking midfielder went down unchallenged in the Foxes’ Europa Conference League clash against Randers. The 25-year-old started the match on the bench but was introduced by Brendan Rodgers in the 64th minute when he replaced fellow midfielder Wilfred Ndidi in his side’s 4-1 victory.
Yet Maddison did not complete the game and only played the best part of 20 minutes before he was forced off, after dropping to the ground in an incident off the ball.
Leicester boss Rodgers, who is already battling a number of high-profile injuries, watched on anxiously from the touchline as his medical staff made their way onto the field.
Following some quick routine checks – including Maddison’s pulse – the playmaker was able to walk off with the assistance of the Foxes staff as he headed straight down the tunnel.
BT Sport commentator Ian Darke later confirmed that Maddison headed straight to the medical room for further checks.
Rodgers was able to provide some clarity on the situation after the game following a brief conversation with the player.
“He just wasn’t feeling well,” Rodgers told BT Sport. “So we’ve taken him off, he’s just in with the medics. I just spoke to him then and he feels fine.”
The incident soured what was otherwise an excellent night’s work for the Foxes, who haven’t had much to celebrate amid some difficult moments during their topsy-turvy season.
Leicester will take a 4-1 lead to Denmark for the return leg next week, meaning Rodgers may now get the chance to take a look at some of the club’s next generation of stars.
Ndidi put the hosts ahead before Vito Hammershøy-Mistrati equalised for Randers on the stroke of half-time.
Harvey Barnes then restored Leicester’s advantage in the second half before Patson Daka and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall added some gloss to the scoreline.
Overall, the Leicester boss was happy with his side’s performance, adding: “Obviously we are disappointed with the goal we conceded, right on half-time but I think we continued from our game against West Ham at the weekend.
“Our mantra was about getting on the ball and being aggressive with our possession.
“I thought we started well in the first half, created a number of opportunities and their goalkeeper has made some great saves.
“But for the first game, to get the four goals was obviously really encouraging.”
Leicester are likely to be without Turkish international defender Caglar Soyuncu for the trip to Wolves on Sunday after the centre-back injured his knee in the closing stages of the match.
Rodgers has confirmed he will be assessed on Friday.
Published at Fri, 18 Feb 2022 00:21:00 +0000