Brendan Rodgers Provides Key Injury Update After James Maddison Went Off Injured Before World Cup

Brendan Rodgers Provides Key Injury Update After James Maddison Went Off Injured Before World Cup

  • Leicester City midfielder James Maddison went off injured with what looked like a hamstring injury just a few days before the World Cup
  • Maddison had done just enough to ensure his spot in England's final squad to Qatar was safe
  • The severity of his injury is unknown, but it would be a definite setback for the 25-year-old and Gareth Southgate

James Maddison will face an anxious wait to know the extent of his injury after he limped off during Leicester's City clash against West Ham.

Maddison was recently included in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad and it would be a severe blow if he were to be ruled out of the competition.

James Maddison, Brendan Rodgers, World Cup, London Stadium, Leicester City
James Maddison walks off the pitch after injuring himself against West Ham. Photo by Rob Newell.
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The midfielder had just put the Foxes ahead with a sublime finish in the 8th minute. However, less than 15 minutes later, he had to be taken off with Dennis Praet taking his place.

He appeared to clutch his hamstring as he went off. The only positive news for him and Southgate was that he went off without any major help from the backroom staff.

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Leicester won the game 2-0, with Harvey Barnes adding the second one in the second half. Speaking after the game, Head Coach Brendan Rodgers said:

"It was nothing. He hasn’t trained so much this week. He had some lighter days. He wanted to give it a go, but he just felt when he was looking to extend and sprint, there was just a bit of soreness. We didn’t want to risk anything for him," as the club's Twitter handle quoted.

Full England squad

Sports Brief had earlier reported that England head coach Gareth Southgate has finally announced his 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup.

The squad comprises top players predominantly from the Premier League, with Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford making the cut. In the goalkeeping department, Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale is in the team, but there was no place for Man United shot-stopper Dean Henderson.

Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw headline the defence, with Chelsea star Mason Mount and Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham making the midfielders' shortlist.