By Ben Dinnery

6th Oct, 2021 | 7:00am

Injury expert suggests Leicester star Maddison carrying 'nasty' injury for 18 months

It is possible that Leicester City playmaker James Maddison has been carrying a hip injury since Project Restart.

That is according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Maddison has not started any of the Foxes’ last four matches and is yet to complete 90 minutes in any of his 10 appearances this season.

The attacking midfielder missed the last six matches of the pandemic-hit 2019-20 campaign with a hip injury.

And Dinnery claims that the 24-year-old may have not yet fully recovered 18 months later.

“He was managing a nasty hip problem going all the way to Project Restart,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“There was a lot of talk about Maddison last season, and he has struggled with a knee injury as well.

“It has been very stop-start for Maddison since the restart. He was omitted for the Euros squad, of course.

“I think he is an exceptional player, I really, really do. But for me, this season was an opportunity for him to prove the doubters wrong.

“He had a full season under his belt and an opportunity to show what he could do.

“At one point we were talking about Jack Grealish versus Maddison. Now, the two are poles apart.

“We don’t know if there are any underlying issues, but it’s possible.”

“There could still be issues with that hip problem, but I think he will be very disappointed in himself.”

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