Leicester City of England midfielder, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi has apparently been imbibed with a new nickname, after his club’s coach, Brendan Rodgers posited that the youngster showed he is like a ‘machine’ in the way he recovered quickly from surgery last week, megasportsarena.com can report.
Ndidi required going under the knife to correct defects of a knock to the knee during training with his side and, although he had been diagnosed to be out for at least six weeks, Rodgers was amazed to see the former Racing Genk of Belgium lad back training within seven days.
The Super Eagles’ star’s recovery rate has left Rodgers positively amazed, as the former Swansea City, Liverpool and Celtic gaffer admitted that The Foxes have sorely missed the lad who moved to King Power Stadium in January 2017.
With Ndidi now back in full training once again, Rodgers is excited with the prospects of the lad playing their next match in the English Premier League, ahead of which he declared that the ace midfielder’s astonishing recovery from knee surgery is due to genetics of his body system.
The gaffer admitted further that being without Ndidi has been a big miss for his side, as they slipped to third position on the EPL table in a stunning a mid-season blip, which saw them held at home by relegation-threatened Aston Villa in the first leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final before losing back-to-back league games to Southampton and Burnley.
The initial forecast from The Foxes’ physiotherapist, Dave Rennie and other members of the medical crew at King Power Stadium had been that Ndidi would be sidelined for up to six weeks following the operation to remove a piece of floating bone from the meniscus, but he is back in less than two weeks after the surgery, much to the delight of Rodgers.
Rodgers stated: “It’s all about the individual, genetics more than anything, and Wilf is just a machine. The day after the operation he was on the move. I’ve seen pictures of him then and he’s starting to jog.
“If we were playing in an FA Cup final a few days ago he could probably have been playing in it, but we wanted to make sure the knee’s clean. He’s been running, he’s been tackling, he’s been aggressive. There will have been other players who unfortunately, genetically, wouldn’t have got through it and had other issues.
“It’s absolutely brilliant news for us because he’s a colossal player. He gives a lot of the talent in the team that chance to express themselves; because of the ground he covers. He’s like having two players. He’s so valuable to us. That type of player, especially at this time of the season, is vital for you.
“He’s improved. If you look at how he plays, it’s not just his aggression and his defensive side – he’s always available for the ball. He’s constantly on it and gets us playing forward and defending forward. There are not too many better than him who do that job. He’s a phenomenal player. So, to have him back, and early, is a huge boost. It’s great, great news for us.”