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Soccer News of Thursday, 1 September 2022

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Ndidi set for 170th EPL game against United

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Wilfred Ndidi is poised to make his 170th Premier League appearance for Leicester City when they host Manchester United at the King Power Stadium on Thursday (today), PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

The 25-year-old has made 169 league appearances, scoring seven goals with nine assists, since moving to Leicester from Genk for £17m in January 2017.

Ndidi will hope to be recalled back to the starting line–up ahead of Boubakary Soumare as the Foxes bid to claim their first win of the league campaign and also extend their unbeaten run of five games (three wins, two draws) against Manchester United.

The Red Devils on their part are targeting their third straight Premier League win for the first time in nine months.

This season, the Nigeria international, who has made three league appearances this season, has made nine tackles, two clearances and one block for the Foxes, who are bottom of the EPL log.

Speaking ahead of the game, Ndidi admits that a win will be a massive boost to the team, who has had a tough start to the campaign.

“We have to look forward to it,” Ndidi told Leicester’s website.

“We have to get something out of it and we have to believe in ourselves. Every game is not easy in the Premier League. I am expecting a very, very difficult game because they’ve got the confidence now. The first win would be a massive win because we’re hungry for it.

“That would give us more confidence going forward. We know what we have to do though and if we could that would be very good for us.

“The fans will be there to cheer us and will be there to see us give our all. When it comes to supporting us, I think the fans are brilliant. I am hoping for a very positive atmosphere and that would help us for sure.”

The former Genk midfielder, who had a disrupted pre-season schedule due to injury, explained his current condition and how the facilities at LCFC Training Ground aided his recovery.

“It was a difficult time,” he added.

“I just tried to keep my head down, be positive and work myself back into playing – and here we are. I’m really, really happy and it’s just me appreciating time and appreciating the game.

“Of course, they are frustrating times because I really wanted to be on the pitch. But I tried to just focus on my rehab and recovery. The facilities really helped a lot. Having to have different equipment for different injuries was really, really good.

“It also helps with the mindset because knowing the fact that when you come in you have all the facilities and all the equipment to be able to do what you actually want to do, I think that speeds up the recovery which is really good.”