Harry Maguire a major doubt for Leicester’s emotional home clash with Burnley and may miss England games as he gets set for scan on injured knee
- Harry Maguire is a major doubt for Leicester’s next home game vs Burnley
- Gareth Southgate set to make a check on Maguire’s fitness ahead of Thursday
- He may miss the coming international matches once a prognosis comes back
Harry Maguire will undergo a scan on his injured knee upon returning to England from Thailand on Tuesday, with the defender a major doubt for Leicester’s emotional home game against Burnley.
Gareth Southgate is set to make a check on the 25-year-old’s fitness before naming his squad on Thursday, and though the problem is not thought to be serious he may have to miss the coming international matches once a prognosis comes back.
Maguire jarred his right knee in the turf when tangling with Callum Paterson in Leicester’s win at Cardiff and had to be replaced by Jonny Evans in the 27th minute.
Harry Maguire may miss Leicester’s clash with Burnley after injuring his knee against Cardiff
He appeared visibly upset at being forced out of the contest, in the wake of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death, but was able to fly to Bangkok after full-time for the Leicester chairman’s funeral.
That he did so gives an indication the problem is not believed to be extensive, and also his depth of feeling for the Thai businessman.
Leicester’s players are determined to honour Srivaddhanaprabha with a good display against Burnley on Saturday, the first match back at the King Power Stadium since the helicopter crash that claimed his life and four others after the West Ham draw.
It is sure to be a poignant occasion, with Srivaddhanaprabha’s son, Aiyawatt, planning to be in the stands.
The centre back may also miss England’s upcoming matches against the US and Croatia
The Leicester vice-chairman flew to Thailand with his father’s body instead of travelling to Cardiff but wants to be present for the special service that is planned.
Leicester were already preparing to mark Remembrance Sunday with customary recognition but will also hold a separate series of events in memory of Srivaddhanaprabha, as well as two members of his staff, Nusara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, and pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz.
Claude Puel hopes his team can find the right balance between emotion and performance in a highly-charged afternoon. ‘They are growing as people and it’s a good thing,’ he said.
‘Afterwards we will not be the same men and I think together we have to move on, to manage this emotion, and to keep the right way. It was a project of our chairman and it is important to continue his dream.’
He will have the scan on Tuesday after returning from Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral
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