Europa League: Iheancho Blocked From Entering Poland
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By Vitus Michael
Leicester City’s attacker, Kelechi Iheanacho was left stranded at Warsaw airport on Wednesday after a documentation issue saw him blocked from entering Poland with Leicester ahead of their UEFA Europa League match later tonight.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria forward is expected to return to the United Kingdom. The squad had arrived at about 3.30pm local time at Chopin Airport for Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Legia Warsaw.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed Iheanacho, 24, would have started the game, meaning he will have to revise his plans for the Group C encounter. A club official is likely to accompany Iheanacho back to Leicester.
“We’ve had an issue with Kelechi – his documentation coming into the country wouldn’t suffice,’ said Rodgers.
“Unfortunately he’s not available to play which is a shame because he would have played. The paperwork didn’t allow him to enter the country, which is unfortunate. We’ll have to look at that when we get back.”
Having never experienced a problem of this nature before, Leicester are expected to review their processes to ensure it does not occur again. They face Spartak Moscow in Russia later this month before travelling to Italy in December to take on Napoli.
Iheanacho scored twice for Nigeria in their World Cup qualifier against Liberia earlier this month but then did not play in their next match against Cape Verde Islands, which is on the United Kingdom’s red list. The forward’s documentation problem is not thought to be related to Covid-19.
The former Manchester City prodigy has been named by Coach Gernot Rohr in 23-mam squad to face Central Africa Republic, CAR in .a 2022 World Cup qualifying double header.