Tielemans suffers slight knock in Belgian training
Leicester City star midfielder Youri Tieleman was absent from Belgium’s 5-2 win away at Estonia to open their World Cup qualifying campaign last night, nor was he on the bench, which prompted concern around the fitness and availability of the Foxes central figure.
Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans missed last nights 5-2 victory in Estonia after picking up a minor ankle injury in training.#LCFC #BEL
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) September 3, 2021
But a fresh update today has alleviated concerns in both the Belgian camp and at the King Power Stadium, as Tielemans is not expected to miss any considerable amount of time, and is expected to return to Roberto Martinez’s matchday XI against the Czech Republic on Sunday at the Koning Boudewijn Stadion in Brussels.
“The Leicester City playmaker was a surprise absentee when the line-up was named on Thursday evening, and it has since emerged that he took a kick to the ankle in a training session the day before the game.
Reports from Belgium are that the injury is not too bad, and was just manager Roberto Martinez being cautious ahead of Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against a trickier opponent in Czech Republic, in which Tielemans is expected to be able to feature.” [quotes from The Mercury]
Vital for both club and country
Despite Belgium smashing five on their away day in Tallin, the Red Devils still did not look as balanced in the center of the park. Despite a goal from Club Brugge’s Hans Vanaken and an international debut for Arsenal’s Sambi Lokonga, Belgium looked susceptible to being hit on the break in areas that Tielemans would normally help cover while in tandem with midfield veteran Axel Witsel.
That same influence he maintains for his country undoubtedly extends to Leicester City under headmaster Brendan Rodgers, with Tielemans being – hands down – one of the top midfielders in the Premier League during his time in the East Midlands, forming a brilliant partnership with Wilfried Ndidi.
His expected return to the matchday XI against the Czech Republic will see him clash with West Ham’s Tomáš Souček once again. Many faithful Foxes will continue to monitor his fitness during the international break as Rodgers’ men prepare to host champions Manchester City once Premier League play resumes on 11 September.