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Iheanacho out of City’s clash after Polish border issue

Kelechi Iheanacho will not play in Leicester City’s Europa League clash at Legia Warsaw after being turned away by Polish border control.

The striker was due to start against the Polish champions on Thursday in City’s first away tie in Europe this season, but he was barred from entering the country due to incorrect documentation.

He travelled with the rest of the squad on a chartered flight, but as his documents did not tally with his passport, he was not let past border control.

He was forced to stay at Warsaw Chopin Airport while the rest of the squad travelled into the city to prepare for the game, and, as of Wednesday night, was waiting for a flight back to the UK.

It was deemed too difficult to fly him back to the UK to fetch the right documents and then take him back to Warsaw, and so he will miss out on the Group C game. He is in the company of a club official, who will join him on the flight back.

Manager Brendan Rodgers said at his press conference: “We’ve had an issue with Kelechi, so his documentation coming into the country wasn’t suffice, so unfortunately he isn’t able to play. It’s a shame because he would have played in the game. He will be unavailable.

“The paperwork, his documentation, didn’t allow him to enter the country. It’s unfortunate. We’ll have to look at that when we get back.”

Iheanacho has not had issues before, and was able to travel to the club’s Europa League games last season.

In his place, Patson Daka could start his second game for the club, having lined up alongside Iheanacho in City’s Europa League opener against Napoli a fortnight ago.

City also have Jonny Evans unavailable for the trip, with the defender unwell. Meanwhile, Wilfred Ndidi is suspended.

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