Wilfred Ndidi

By Obaloluwa Joshua, LAGOS

Wilfred Ndidi has reportedly suffered only a minor hamstring tear, which will ease Leicester City fears over a long absence for the defensive midfielder.

Ndidi pulled out of the Nigeria squad last week with injury, returning to the United Kingdom.

But after assessment, it is possible he could be available to feature against Nottingham Forest next Monday.

Nigeria manager Jose Peseiro explained that City’s fitness team had passed on a message to the Super Eagles to say that Ndidi had complained of a hamstring tweak following the club’s 6-2 defeat to Tottenham prior to the international break.

After Ndidi featured in light training with his country, it was decided it was best not to risk him.

Peseiro said: “He came, he trained without intensity, a small training [session]. He feels something in his hamstring, and I think it’s best not to use [him]. It’s not dangerous but I’m not going to use one player in a friendly match if he can get more injured. He [returned] to Leicester for recovery.”

Now, Oluwashima Okeleji, a BBC Sport reporter in Africa, has said that scans show Ndidi has suffered a grade one hamstring tear.

This is the most minor of muscle tears and so allays worries that he may miss an important run of games for City in October.

He now has a week to recover before City host Nottingham Forest next week.