James Maddison injury update: Leicester and England midfielder allays World Cup fears

Maddison was a surprise – and very popular – choice for Gareth Southgate when the 26 men England The team heading to Qatar was confirmed this week.

There was much concern at the London Stadium after the midfielder went down with his leg caught during the first half against West Ham.

After receiving treatment on the pitch, the midfielder, who had opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season, cautiously left the pitch.

With England’s first game just nine days away, even a relatively minor injury could see a player miss the tournament, but Rodgers sees no reason to be alarmed.

“Okay,” Rodgers said. “It was just a precaution, a little pain on the side of the knee. He hasn’t trained much this week. He’s fine.”

Rodgers added in his news conference: “I talked to the doctor just before I came here, he said he’s fine.

“He hasn’t trained much since Everton. He felt a blow to his knee, so out of an abundance of caution he didn’t want to risk it.

“We could have let him play, but I didn’t want to put the risk on him or the team.” .

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