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Strong indications have emerged that English Premier League side Leicester City is seek to stop recuperating Nigerian midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi from playing in the opening group match for Super Eagles when the African qualifiers of the FIFA World Cup s underway in the last week of March.

The draws ceremony for the African group stage matches will hold next week Tuesday in Cairo Egypt where all the three opponents of the Super Eagles would be known but the first stage of the matches will run from 21st-28th of March this year.

Meanwhile, the absence of the injured Ndidi has created a major gap in the English side quest for another UEFA Champions League slot next season for England with 1-2 loss at home to Southhampton last weekend and now third on the ladder with Manchester City replacing them as second to run away Liverpool FC.

The surprise EPL Champions three years ago are sweating over the injury suffered by Ndidi, which will see the midfielder miss at least two months on the sideline.

Ndidi’s  expected return from injury will be likely the end of February and with Nigeria set to begin the race for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar in March.


According to sources, Leicester City feel Ndidi’s injury is related to the high amount of games he has played since the start of the year and deserve a rest which he could stretch to March during FIFA window.

Ndidi is expected to the back late next month and Leicester FC aim is to keep him fresh for the rigorous run at the peak of the season and feared relapse on the injury most especially if he plays for Nigeria on hard surface in African qualifying matches.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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