Wilfred Ndidi has been tipped to make a surprise return for Leicester City when they take on Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.
The 23-year-old, who underwent knee surgery on January 9 after damaging his meniscus in training, was said to be on the sidelines for four to six weeks.
But, Ndidi was spotted in the training pitch last week as Brendan Rogers men prepared to battle Burnley, and the City boss said after the 2-1 defeat to the Clarets that he is hopeful the defensive midfielder will return in time for the huge game at Villa Park.
“He’s back out on the pitches now which is great news for us,” Rodgers said.
“The importance of him is huge for this team.
‘’He’s recovering very well. He’s worked with medics. He’s been out on the field the last few days so we’ll see how he is.
“I think it will be too soon for him to be back for Wednesday’s game [at home to West Ham] but certainly by the weekend [at Brentford in the FA Cup] and I would say for Aston Villa, hopefully, he’ll be available.”
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In Ndidi’s absence, the Foxes have suffered three losses, drawing 1-1 at home to Villa in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
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