Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has suffered a torn adductor muscle that will keep him out of action for several weeks. The 26-year-old sustained the injury during Leicester’s match against Leeds United, where he had played a crucial role in their build-up play. Iheanacho provided a beautiful assist for Jamie Vardy’s goal and almost scored one himself before hobbling off the pitch.

Leicester City boss, Dean Smith, confirmed the news and revealed that it would be challenging to get Iheanacho back in shape before their season finale against West Ham in May. However, he did not rule out the possibility of the Nigerian international returning to action before the end of the campaign.

“He’s got a tear in his adductor muscle. It puts him out for a number of weeks. It’s significant enough. It’s not going to rule him out until the end of the season, there’s five games to go. But it’s going to be tough to get him back. Hopefully we can,” Smith said at a press conference on Friday.

“He’s disappointed obviously. He’d just scored two goals in two games and was putting in a good performance. It’s unfortunate for him. It’s a blow. He came on against Man City and did ever so well. He scored a goal, hit the post and had another chance as well. I thought he played well in the Wolves game, scoring and creating opportunities for Vards. His all-around displays have been really good. It will be a loss, but like always it gives opportunities for others now,” he added.

Iheanacho’s absence will be a significant blow to Leicester City, who are currently in third place in the Premier League standings, as they push for a top-four finish. However, Smith believes that this presents an opportunity for other players to step up and make an impact.

Leicester City will have a chance to extend their advantage over their rivals when they face Everton at the King Power Stadium on Monday.