In-demand Leicester midfielder Maddison sees knee specialist

    James Maddison visited a specialist after another knee injury on his return from the World Cup, Leicester City head coach Brendan Rodgers said.

    Maddison was injured in Leicester’s last Premier League game ahead of Qatar 2022 at West Ham last month, but he was still included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the tournament.

    Only Erling Haaland (21), Harry Kane (14), Ivan Toni (13) and Kevin De Bruyne (12) have surpassed Maddison’s tally of 11 Premier League goals this season, but he was one of only four unused international outfielders England. in Qatar.

    Closely associated with a January move to Newcastle United, Maddison survived Leicester’s 3-0 loss to the Magpies on Boxing Day with another injury that would require special treatment.

    Speaking at a press conference for Friday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool, Rodgers said: “He will not be available to play.

    “He was with Mark [Waller], our doctor, is consulted by a specialist in London. I’ll wait to hear from them later.

    “He didn’t train with the team. He was clearly treated. [in Qatar] and the England medical team felt he could train.

    “He was available to play [for England]. He came back here, he wanted to work, and then he felt pain in the other part of his knee.”

    Leicester put on a terrible performance in Maddison’s absence against Newcastle, conceding three first-half goals in a Premier League home game for the first time since they missed it against Manchester United in September 2003.

    The 13th-placed Foxes are four points clear of the bottom three in the Premier League ahead of Friday’s game at Anfield, where they haven’t won in their last 11 visits to the top flight (D2 L9).

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