James Maddison prediction made as England teammate lifts lid on Leicester City star

The Leicester City attacking midfielder missed England’s first World Cup match against Iran due to a knee injury and may also miss the game against the United States of America.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford believes Leicester City’s James Maddison will “look to train soon” outside with the rest of the squad after failing to do so so far this World Cup.

Maddison missed the Three Lions’ first match against Iran due to a knee injury that surfaced just days after being called up by Gareth Southgate ahead of the tournament. Before Friday’s second group game against the United States of America, the player has yet to train outside, instead working with the team’s physiotherapists indoors.

With an appearance in that match also now appearing in doubt, Maddison may need to readjust his sights on the final group game against Wales on Tuesday. Following that fixture, England may be in action next on either Friday or Sunday should they advance from Group B to the round of 16 when the knockout stages begin.

“I think (Maddison) was doing a bit of a program with the physios and the sports science staff,” Pickford said at Wednesday’s pre-match press conference, which was Maddison’s 26th birthday. “His morale’s brilliant, he’s a great lad, Madders, and he’s always full of energy, as well, so he’s good around the place. I think he’ll be looking to train soon.”

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