May 26, (THEWILL) – Leicester City’s bid to retain their English Premier League status faces a daunting challenge as the fitness of Nigerian midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, hangs in the balance.
The interim boss of the Foxes, Dean Smith, expressed deep concern over Ndidi’s condition ahead of their crucial showdown against West Ham United at the King Power Stadium this Sunday. Ndidi was injured in the dying moments of Leicester City’s recent goalless draw with Newcastle United at St James’ Park, prompting his substitution by Nampalys Mendy.
This untimely setback comes as a major blow to Smith, who is banking on all key players being available for the crucial encounter against the Hammers on the final day of the season. With the Foxes currently occupying the 18th position in the EPL standings with 31 points, their top-flight survival is teetering on the brink. They trail Everton by just two points heading into the last round of matches.
To secure their place in the top flight, the Foxes must secure maximum points against David Moyes’ men while hoping for a defeat for Everton against Bournemouth. Providing an update on the squad, Smith stated: “Kelechi is fine. Jonny Evans is fine. Ricardo Pereira, we scanned him and he’s fine. Wilf is the only question mark at the moment. He hasn’t trained yet since the injury.”
Ndidi’s absence from training further compounds the challenges faced by Leicester City in their must-win clash to avoid sliding back into the Championship.