Puel says Iheanacho could play for Leicester despite broken hand

Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho could feature for Leicester despite a broken hand
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London (AFP) – Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho could feature against Brighton this weekend despite suffering a broken hand on international duty for Nigeria.

Iheanacho sustained the injury while he was away with Nigeria. He started his country’s victory in Poland last week but was absent from the squad for the 2-0 defeat to Serbia at Barnet on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old returned to Leicester on Thursday and Foxes boss Claude Puel confirmed the injury at his pre-match press conference, although he said he would be assessed to see if he could play.

“We will see about Iheanacho because he has a broken hand,” said Puel. “We will see if he can play with his injury. We will see tomorrow (Friday) in the training session.

“I think he fell. It’s not an important injury. We will see if this injury prevents him from playing in this game. Perhaps it might be strange for him to play with a cast.”

Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire both returned from international duty with England fit and well and will play against Brighton on Saturday.

There were doubts about Maguire after he was left out against Italy this week as a precaution after limping off late in the victory over the Netherlands.

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