Leicester City

Kelechi Iheanacho to miss Legia Warsaw tie after being denied entry to Poland

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
The striker was set to start the game
The striker was set to start the game / Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images
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Kelechi Iheanacho will miss Leicester City's Europa League clash with Legia Warsaw after he was denied entry to Poland.

An issue with his travel documentation left Iheanacho stranded at Warsaw Chopin Airport and he is expected to fly back to the United Kingdom on Wednesday night.

None of his teammates - who travelled together on a chartered flight - experienced any issues, and proceeded without the Nigerian to prepare for the game in the Polish capital.

Brendan Rodgers shed some light on an unusual situation at his pre-match press conference.

"We’ve had an issue with Kelechi, so his documentation coming into the country wasn’t suffice, so unfortunately he isn’t able to play. It’s a shame because he would have played in the game. He will be unavailable," he said, as quoted by Leicestershire Live.

"The paperwork, his documentation, didn’t allow him to enter the country. It’s unfortunate. We’ll have to look at that when we get back."

Iheanacho did not have any issues with Europa League away games last season, featuring in the competition seven times and scoring three goals. It is said that the club will be reviewing their foreign travel protocol following the frustrating situation.

With Iheanacho missing, Patson Daka - who played alongside him in the Foxes' last European game against Napoli - should start up front. Whether Jamie Vardy partners him or Daka leads the line on his own remains to be seen.

Iheanacho is not the only member of Rodgers' squad unavailable for the game. Jonny Evans has not travelled due to illness, while Wilfred Ndidi is suspended after being shown a red card against Napoli.

Long-term absentees Wesley Fofana, James Justin and Nampalys Mendy will be missing as well.

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