Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is set to make a comeback in the squad for their upcoming match against Newcastle United on Monday, following a three-week absence due to a muscle injury sustained during their 1-1 draw against Leeds United. The Nigerian forward’s absence coincided with a series of three winless games for Leicester City.
Despite initial concerns that Iheanacho’s season might be over, the 26-year-old has responded well to treatment and his recovery has progressed swiftly, although he is not yet at 100 percent fitness. Leicester City manager Dean Smith is eager to have all key players available for the crucial game against Newcastle, which will play a decisive role in the team’s fate.
Leicester City, currently in a precarious 19th place in the Premier League standings and two points away from safety, must secure at least a draw against Newcastle to avoid relegation. Dean Smith hopes that Iheanacho’s presence will contribute to the team’s efforts to secure a positive result and help the club stay in the Premier League.
Confirming Iheanacho’s progress, Dean Smith stated, “Kelechi was in training today and he’ll be in full training on Saturday morning. Kels has ticked all the boxes he’d need to. We’ve probably had to press the fast-forward button, but it’s needs must at the moment.”
Iheanacho has been a valuable contributor to Leicester City this season, scoring five goals and providing four assists in 16 league appearances. With only two games remaining, including the crucial clash against Newcastle, every point is vital for Leicester City’s survival. After the Newcastle fixture, they will face West Ham United at the King Power Stadium the following weekend.