AFCON 2023: Leicester City boss casts doubt over Iheanacho’s participation

Kelechi Iheanacho’s participation at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations is in doubt after he sustained a muscle injury in Leicester City’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town on Boxing Day.

Iheanacho was not included in Leicester City’s matchday squad for the away win at Cardiff City on Friday night.

The Foxes manager, Enzo Maresca, revealed after the game that the versatile forward is still being assessed.

The Italian confirmed that if the injury is serious, the former Manchester City player won’t travel to Cote d’Ivoire for the AFCON.

“Kelechi has a muscle problem two days ago,” Maresca told reporters.

“We are still waiting to see if it’s something important or a matter of days. But I don’t think he will be able for the next one (against Huddersfield).

“We don’t know yet (if it will affect his Afcon call-up). It depends on the injury. If it’s an important injury, he has no chance to go. If it’s not important, he can go.”

Iheanacho and midfielder Wilfred Ndidi were named in Nigeria’s 25-man AFCON 2023 squad on Friday.

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