James Maddison suffered injury scare against West Ham ahead of upcoming World Cup, but Brendan Rodgers confirms England and Leicester star is ‘okay’ and was taken off ‘as a precaution’

    Brendan Rodgers has confirmed James Maddison is ‘okay’ and was taken off as ‘a precaution’ against West Ham on Saturday.

    The Foxes star left England fans worried after going down injured and taken off in the 24th minute at the London Stadium – shortly after opening the scoring with a rifled finish.

    Maddison’s World Cup hopes looked to be shaken as he was taken off in the first half

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    Maddison’s World Cup hopes looked to be shaken as he was taken off in the first half

    But Rodgers has confirmed the star is okay, rounding off a perfect afternoon for the Foxes

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    But Rodgers has confirmed the star is okay, rounding off a perfect afternoon for the Foxes

    The Leicester star – who this week earned a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for this winter’s tournament in Qatar – went down at the London Stadium in the first half with an injury.

    But Leicester manager Rodgers revealed after the game that it wasn’t anything to be concerned about, calming fears Maddison’s World Cup chances were in danger after finally getting his moment.

    “Yep, he’s okay, it was just precautionary really,” the Foxes manager told talkSPORT his side’s 2-0 win over the Hammers.

    “He didn’t train as much this week, but I wanted to give him an opportunity to play. It was just a little bit on the side of his knee, but he’s okay.

    “He had the tweak in the week from our last game.”

    The 25-year-old had opened the scoring against the Hammers to put his side 1-0 up inside eight minutes – a reminder of just why he was selected for the Three Lions squad.

    Maddison’s afternoon had started perfectly as he opened the scoring

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    Maddison’s afternoon had started perfectly as he opened the scoring

    Rice went over to comfort his England teammate as he awaited treatment

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    Rice went over to comfort his England teammate as he awaited treatment

    Rodgers consoled him too

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    Rodgers consoled him too

    After Patson Daka’s scuffed his attempt on goal, the ball fell perfectly to Maddison on the right, who sent the goal sailing into the roof of the net with a left-footed strike.

    But fast forward 16 minutes and he was down on the turf, despite no one being around him and appearing to suffer a knee injury.

    As Maddison awaited treatment, England teammate Declan Rice went over to console his compatriot.

    The Hammers captain had his hand on Maddison’s shoulder as the Leicester star clutched his right leg.

    Maddison did come and sit on the Foxes’ bench for the second half and appeared to be in good spirits.

    Maddison was on his feet and clapped the fans at the end

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    Maddison was on his feet and clapped the fans at the end

    And after the final whistle, talkSPORT’s GameDay host Adrian Durham gave a positive update, saying: “From his body language alone, it looks positive. He’s out there walking around.

    It’s not like the Ben Chilwell one where he couldn’t put any weight on the foot. Maddison is going over to clap the fans.”

    Reacting to the news his World Cup place was in tact, GameDay co-host and former Arsenal star Perry Groves said: “[Rodgers probably thought] I’m not going to do that for you, you’ve worked your socks off to get into the position.

    “I’m not going to take that away from you. Otherwise he probably would’ve kept him on.

    “So well done to Brendan Rodgers. That was a brilliant call.”

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