Rodgers reveals why Ndidi was left out of Arsenal game

Rodgers reveals why Ndidi was left out of the Arsenal game

After five weeks on the sidelines, Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi was named in the matchday squad against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon. Most Leicester City fans expected that he would be given minutes off the bench.

But with the Foxes searching for goals, Rodgers introduced three attack-minded players as substitutes in the second half, namely Ademola Lookman, Harvey Barnes, and Patson Daka, and a planned substitution to bring on Ndidi fell flat.
Manager Brendan Rodgers believes that the reliable holding midfielder Wilfred Ndidi can strengthen the Foxes defense when he returns to the starting lineup.

Asked at the post-match press conference if the potential return of Ndidi to the starting XI can make the Leicester defense stronger, Rodgers told reporters: “Hopefully, he’s just trained this week. He was one that if we needed him for fifteen to twenty minutes maximum, that was our plan for today.”

“But obviously, we are chasing the game, so there wasn’t that need to put him on. It’s great to have him back and available, and we’ll see how his fitness looks over the coming days.”

Leicester City’s next game will be up against Spartak Moscow in the Europa League, and Ndidi is available for the clash after serving a one-game ban for the red card he received against Napoli on matchday one.

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