James Maddison’s hip injury could rule him out for most of Leicester’s bid to secure Champions League football, with fears the problem will sideline him for over a fortnight.
The England midfielder, 23, missed the victory over Crystal Palace and the draw at Arsenal after aggravating the problem when he came off the bench against Everton.
Brendan Rodgers has revealed Maddison will be assessed this week ahead of the trip to Bournemouth on Sunday and tests will determine whether he has a chance of featuring in the crucial final matches of the campaign, when Leicester face teams also chasing European qualification.
Rodgers’ team host Sheffield United, then travel to Tottenham, before a final-day clash against Manchester United which may be a top-four decider.
Leicester's form during Project Restart has blown open the race for Champions League qualification. They have dropped points against Watford, Brighton then in the trip to Everton when Maddison suffered his hip problem.
Premier League 2019/20 latest standings (top six)
They were also without England left-back Ben Chilwell when they rescued a point at Arsenal, thanks to Jamie Vardy’s late equaliser.
“They're both very important players for us but we’ll see how they are over the next few days and take it from there," said Rodgers after the draw at the Emirates Stadium.
Rodgers’ team have a four-point gap on their rivals, occupying fourth place in the table. United, though, have been in better form during Project Restart, while Leicester have recorded just one win.
Maddison’s loss would be a huge blow, with the former Norwich playmaker contributing nine goals in the first half of the season. He had been limited to two just starts since the resumption of football before injury struck.