World Cup injury scare for James Maddison just days after return to England squad

Leicester City forward James Maddison walks off the pitch after being substituted due to injury in the Premier League match between West Ham United and Leicester City on 12 November, 2022 at the London Stadium, London, United Kingdom
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James Maddison will be keeping everything crossed after he was forced off injured while playing for Leicester (opens in new tab) on Saturday – barely 48 hours after being named in England (opens in new tab)'s World Cup (opens in new tab) squad.

Three Lions fans had been desperate for Gareth Southgate to recall the bang in-form Foxes forward – and they got their wish as 25-year-old made the final 26-man selection for the tournament in Qatar.

But just nine days before England get their campaign underway against Iran, Maddison – having opened the scoring for Leicester at West Ham (opens in new tab) – pulled up midway through the first half with what seemed to be an issue with his right leg.

Maddison – whose only international cap to date came three years ago – had to be substituted, making way for Dennis Praet.

It goes without saying that Southgate will be sweating on the playmaker's fitness – less than two weeks after seeing Bukayo Saka leave the pitch amid similar circumstances during Arsenal (opens in new tab)'s victory over Nottingham Forest (opens in new tab).

And the Three Lions boss will hope for the same outcome: it turned out Saka had only picked up a knock, and he returned to action in the very next game.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...