Brendan Rodgers has said that James Maddison will not return from injury until after the international break, which means he will miss Leicester’s FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United and is a doubt for England’s World Cup qualifiers in March.

Since the turn of the year, the defensive midfielder has been in fine form for the Foxes, contributing five goals and four assists in his last ten Premier League games. He has, however, missed Leicester’s last three Premier League games due to a hip injury.

Maddison had hip surgery last summer after missing the final six games of the 2019-20 season, and his latest issue is a separate but related injury.

Rodgers revealed that there is no fixed timeline for the England international’s comeback and that it is just a matter of waiting for the pain to subside before he is ready to play again.

“We’ll actually see where he is after the international break,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said (via the Daily Mail.)

“Day by day, he is improving. There is no sign of a time frame on it. It’s more about how he’ll feel in the end. There’s a little soreness there, but he’s working really hard with the medical staff. He’s just as annoyed as the rest of us. He’s a massive part of our squad. But, ideally, he’ll play a significant role for us in the final games.

“It’s just waiting and seeing how he reacts to some of the work he’s doing. It’s in the same area, but it’s not the same injury that was repaired before. There’s obviously a reaction there in the tendon and we need to see how that develops but hopefully, fingers crossed, he’ll be back sooner rather than later.”

Prior to his season being cut short by injury, Maddison had 11 goals and 10 assists in all competitions, with Leicester once again in contention for a top-four finish.

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