James Maddison was forced to withdraw from Leicester City’s win at West Ham United on Saturday in the 25th minute with an apparent leg injury. And, amid concerns about his condition for the start of England’s World Cup campaign, what he told his team-mates after full time came to light.
During BT Sport Score, presenter Jules Breach admitted that she was “not lip reading” but claimed that Maddison was caught on camera telling her Leicester brothers that she “should be fine” after the injury. And fears will have been raised further with post-match comments from Danny Ward and Harvey Barnes.
When asked for an update on Maddison’s condition, Ward was confident the 25-year-old was doing well and encouraged him to continue his electric World Cup form. He said: “I think he’ll be fine. I think he’s fine. Hopefully he knocks on wood, everything is fine and he can show the world what he can do.”
Barnes, who didn’t make the final cut of Gareth Southgate, was a little more secretive about his attacking partner, admitting he didn’t know the details and expressing his hope that he would be in good shape to join next week’s Three Lions camp. “I’m not sure right now. You probably know as much as I do. Fingers crossed he’s okay,” Barnes replied.
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Maddison continued his sensational form in the final third as he passed Leicester at the London Stadium. Barnes added a second for the visitors in the 78th minute to defeat West Ham and lift the Foxes to 12th in the Premier League before the World Cup break.
England supporters were clamoring for Maddison’s inclusion in the World Cup, with the attacking midfielder recording seven goals and four assists in 13 league appearances this term. And despite his promising comments, fans, Southgate and the player himself will all be holding their breath at the prospect of heartbreak in the 11th hour.
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