Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers reveals James Maddison felt 'faint' before Randers substitution

Tom Gott
Maddison went down off the ball
Maddison went down off the ball / Matthew Lewis/GettyImages

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that James Maddison complained of feeling faint after being brought off in Thursday's 4-1 Europa Conference League win over Randers.

Maddison started the game on the bench but came on shortly after the hour mark with Leicester already 3-1 up, but he lasted just 19 minutes before going down off the ball and physios were seen checking his pulse before guiding him down the tunnel.

After the game, Rodgers confirmed that Maddison was alert and feeling alright in the dressing room and explained what had happened.

"I’ve spoken to him and he felt a bit funny in the game, so we didn’t want to take any risks with that," Rodgers said. "We just took him off and he went to see the doctors.

"He just felt unwell, so we took him off. [Checking his pulse is] something they will do. He was sat up (when Rodgers spoke to him). He felt a little bit faint but he was okay."

Leicester actually ended the game with ten men as centre-back Caglar Soyuncu limped down the tunnel in the dying embers of the match after landing awkwardly from a header.

"Cags hurt his knee," Rodgers said. "So we will see how that is tomorrow."

Goals from Wilfred Ndidi, Harvey Barnes, Patson Daka and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall means Leicester have one foot in the Conference League quarter-final and could mean Rodgers can afford to rest some of his key players in the return leg next Thursday.