Big Blow! Leicester City star to miss 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe

Wilfred Ndidi and Iheanacho

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are slated to tackle Lesotho and Zimbabwe for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Nigeria’s Super Eagles will be without the services of Wilfred Ndidi for their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe, reports.

This midfielder, sidelined due to an injury, poses a big blow for Jose Peseiro’s troops as they gear up for the FIFA World Cup qualification tie slated to be held in Uyo, Nigeria, and in Huya, Zimbabwe.

Leicester City’s manager, Enzo Maresca, disclosed ahead of the Foxes’ Sky Bet Championship clash against Leeds United that Ndidi is suffering from a muscular problem.

The Italian manager emphasised the importance of not taking any risks with muscular injuries, even if they are minor.

“Wilf will be out until the international break. It is also a muscular problem, It’s a small thing, but when the problem is muscular, even if it’s small, it’s always one week or two weeks because we don’t want to take any risks.” Maresca said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

In addition to Ndidi, the Super Eagles are facing concerns over the availability of talismanic striker Victor Osimhen, as he is also ruled out for the upcoming matches. There are also worries about the fitness of defenders Semi Ajayi and Bruno Onyemaechi.

The first match will see the Super Eagles host the Crocodiles of Lesotho on Friday, November 17. Following this, Peseiro’s side will travel to Zimbabwe for their matchday two encounter.

Ndidi’s absence will be a blow for the Super Eagles, but the team will be looking to overcome these challenges in their quest to secure a spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.