Ndidi finally returns in Leicester City’s Europa League loss to Zorya

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The Nigerian international played his first game since September with the Foxes against the Ukrainian team at the Slavutych Arena

Wilfred Ndidi finally made his long-awaited comeback for Leicester City in their 1-0 loss to Zorya in Thursday’s Europa League game.

The 23-year-old midfielder has been out since September when he suffered a groin injury against Burnley.

The Nigerian international landed a starting role in the match and moved to the front of the back quarters alongside Hamza Choudhury.

The midfielder gave a good account of himself on his return, but his effort was not enough to save the King Power Stadium team from defeat.

The game started with both sides aiming to score an early goal, but that was not seen with the solid defensive formation they put in place.

The first part, thus, ended without both sides finding the back of the net, but they registered three yellow cards.

Ndidi’s compatriot, Kelechi Iheanacho, chose one of the warnings together with his teammate Ricardo Pereira and Andrejs Ciganiks of Zorya.

The second half, however, saw more scoring action and the Ukrainian Premier League club opened the scoring in the 84th minute.

Allahyar Sayyadmanesh scored the goal, which made the difference in the encounter, knocking his effort beyond Danny Ward’s reach after Denis Favorov enabled him.

Ndidi appeared for 56 minutes before being replaced by Nampalys Mendy while Iheanacho lasted the entire duration of the game.

Despite the loss, Leicester City continue to lead Group G with 10 points from five games and will hope to seal their place in the round of 16 of the competition when they face AEK Athens on 10 December.

Ndidi is expected to get more playing time under his belt when Leicester take on Sheffield United in their next Premier League game on Sunday, as he gradually returns to full action.

The midfielder has made three appearances in the 2020-21 season for the Foxes in all competitions.

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