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Ndidi out for 3 months due to muscle injury

Nigerian Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has been forced to miss three months due to a muscular injury.

Ndidi missed out on Leicester's Championship win against Huddersfield on New Year's Day but was substituted into Nigeria's 2023 Africa Cup of Nations squad on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old was then replaced by Royal Antwerp, whose club included Belgian midfielder Alhassan Youssouf.

With three months out, Ndidi could miss 15 of Leicester's remaining 20 league games this season.

“It's going to be a long time for Wilf,” Leicester manager Enzo Maresca said.

“It may take three months. It appears to be a muscle problem, but it is an important one so we will see the results within the next few hours.”

Ndidi, who won the FA Cup with Leicester and is in the final six months of his contract at the King Power Stadium, is a key member of Maresca's powerful Foxes squad.

This season, he has played in 24 games and has recorded 4 goals and 6 assists.

Kelechi Iheanacho's availability for this year's AFCON is also in doubt due to injury.

The Eagles are currently in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a week-long training camp in preparation for AFCON 2023.

As part of their preparations for AFCON, the Eagles will play Guinea in a friendly on Monday, January 8th.

This year's tournament will begin on January 13, 2024 and end on February 11, 2024.


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