Leicester City have suffered another blow ahead of the match against Manchester United on Sunday.

The Telegraph report James Maddison has undergone surgery on a hip injury which has caused him to miss the last five matches.

Any hopes Leicester had that Maddison may return for the fixture against United are now over.

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Maddison is among Leicester’s key players, with nine goals in all competitions this season.

Leicester are also set to be without centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, who is suspended for the fixture.

A game tonight first

Manchester United’s first task is to get three points against West Ham tonight at Old Trafford.

This will take us three points ahead of Leicester heading into the final game.

A big win of three goals or more for United will mean we could afford to lose to Leicester on the final day by a single goal and still finish above them on goal difference.

United are pushing to finish inside the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Leicester have two of their last three games, conceding seven goals in defeats against Tottenham and Bournemouth.

 

Maddison’s absence has been one of the contributing factor behind their poor form.

Left-back Ben Chilwell is also an injury doubt for Leicester at the weekend, having missed the last three games.

Right-back Ricardo Pereira has been out since the restart after sustaining a knee injury.

United in pole position

These injuries leave Leicester patched up for the fixture, although they still have top scorer Jamie Vardy available. He has 23 league goals this season.

Ayoze Perez is another dangerman, he has eight goals and managed to net a winner over Sheffield United last week.

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Despite these attacking threats, United will be favourites heading into the fixture especially if we win tonight.

If we lose at home to West Ham we will head to the King Power needing a victory, which is not so daunting, but may be more so on the back of two straight losses.

So it is important we get a win at home to West Ham tonight, and then we will know a draw away at Leicester will be enough to seal a top four spot on Sunday.

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