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Puel: Difficult to replace ‘crucial player’ Ndidi

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has stated that it would be difficult finding a replacement for Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi ahead of the their impending Premier League fixtures against Newcastle and Burnley. 

Ndidi, who picked up two yellow cards in the Foxes clash against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, has been suspended for forthcoming games against the Magpies and the Clarets scheduled for March 7 and March 14 respectively.

Puel however thinks the team has no standby solution to play down the effect of the Ndidi’s absence as he stated the midfielder is a ‘crucial’ player in the set up.

“Wilfred is a crucial player for us, so it’s difficult to accept this red card. We will have to find a good solution for the coming games without him,” Puel said during his post-match interview.

The Leicester boss also communicated that he feels Referee Chris Kavanagh made a wrong call when he booked the Super Eagles star for the second time in the 87th minute of the encounter.

“When I watched the replay it is not a yellow card for me,” he said.

“It is not a foul because he touched the ball and it changed direction. Yes of course it is harsh.”

Ndidi has made 31 appearances this season in the Premier League and has made four assists.

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