In the absence of striker Jamie Vardy, the Foxes had earned just one point from matches against Everton and Leeds, but they bounced back at Craven Cottage.
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Both players are set to be out for around another two weeks, during which time the Foxes will play four Premier League matches, including hosting Liverpool at the King Power Stadium, and their FA Cup fifth-round tie against Brighton.
Leicester could have taken an early lead after Luke Thomas was fouled in the box by James Tomkins but Iheanacho’s weak effort from the spot after a stuttering run-up was swatted away by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
In his post match interview, the erstwhile Liverpool manager reinstated confidence in the ability of the forward to convert spot kicks.
The tie is slated to kick off 5pm Nigeria time
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Super Eagles take on the Leone Stars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on November 13 in a first of two qualifying matches for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
According to Iheanacho, the players are sometimes tired with the matches coming thick and fast, and he highlighted the benefit of playing on a Monday.
James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Iheanacho struck to give the Foxes victory in their Group G opener.
Skipper Ahmed Musa, who was introduced in the second half of Nigeria’s one nil loss to African champions, Algeria, last Friday led Super Eagles attack with Kelechi Iheanacho
While the exact reason for his absence has not been publicised, Napoli learned this week that midfielders Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas had contracted coronavirus, with the squad’s other players returning negative tests.
The Nigerian international has been subject to talk that he will depart the King Power Stadium this summer with Brendan Rodgers said to have his eyes on Celtic forward Ousmane Edouard.
The 23-year-old joined Leicester from Manchester City for £25 million in 2017 and has been used predominantly from the bench by manager Brendan Rodgers.
Iheanacho scored the only goal of the game after just four minutes when he tapped in to send the Foxes into the FA Cup fourth round.
Iheanacho has sent a warning to Manchester United over the race for Champions League football.
City face AFC Bournemouth on Sunday before tackling Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United over a 14-day period.
Iheanacho would also be gunning for his 11th goal in all competitions against Crystal Palace on Saturday in what was his ninth league start and 16th appearance.
The Nigerian fired the home side to lead on 49 minutes of the tie.
City were two goals behind after just 16 minutes at Goodison Park following an early effort from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurðsson’s penalty, but Iheanacho – a second-half substitute – halved the arrears after the break.
As with the European Championships, which have been pushed back from this summer to next, the 2021 AFCON has been postponed until January and February 2022, the Confederation of African Football decided in a meeting on Tuesday.
According to reports in the Turkish media, the Super Lig outfit have identified the 23-year-old as a possible replacement for Alexander Sorloth, who is being linked with a return to England.