Leicester could be without James Maddison for the majority of their Champions League race due to the hip injury that has seen the midfielder miss the Foxes last two fixtures.
Maddison was absent from Leicester’s victory over Crystal Palace and draw with Arsenal after aggravating a hip problem during Leicester’s defeat to Everton.
The Foxes had been comfortably on course to finish in the Champions League places before the coronavirus halted football, but now face a tense end to the season to secure their place in the top four.
Since the Premier League restarted, Leicester have slipped down to fourth, and fifth place Manchester United could move to within one point of Brendan Rodgers’ side with victory over Aston Villa on Thursday evening.
Leicester have four crucial fixtures to see out in order to book their place in club football’s most prestigious cup competition next season, but according to the Telegraph they may be without Maddison for the majority of them.
The 23-year-old’s hip injury could sideline him for over a fortnight, and Leicester’s final game of the season is 17 days away.
Brendan Rodgers’ side travel to struggling Bournemouth on Sunday, before the visit of Sheffield United on Thursday 16 July – who themselves are still in the hunt for a European spot after Wednesday evening’s impressive victory over Wolves.
Leicester then face Tottenham on Sunday 19 July, before a potential winner takes all Champions League showdown with Manchester United on the final day of the season seven days later.
United are currently four points behind the Foxes with a game in hand, and are yet to taste defeat since the top flight returned in June.
Rodgers confirmed Maddison, alongside teammate Ben Chilwell, who was left out of the squad for Leicester’s trip to Arsenal, will both be assessed ahead of the visit to Bournemouth.
“We’ll assess that over the next few days.,” Rodgers said [via the Leicester Mercury]. “They’re very important players for us. We’ll see how they are over the next few days and see how they are.