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We needed him – Rodgers names Super Eagles star they missed in 1-0 defeat to Roma

Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, has admitted they missed the presence of Wilfred Ndidi, following their 1-0 defeat at Roma on Thursday.

The Foxes failed to qualify for the final of the Europa Conference League on a 2-1 aggregate defeat.

Tammy Abraham’s first-half header from Lorenzo Pellegrini’s corner kick separated both teams at the Stadio Olimpico.

Ndidi was unavailable for selection for the 11th successive game due to knee injury, and Rodgers says the team has suffered in his absence.

“The corner’s been an Achilles heel for us all season to be perfectly honest, so to concede the goal in that manner was hugely disappointing.

“It’s been an issue for us all season. We clearly lack physicality. The courage is there for the players, but clearly, within the team, especially with Wilf [Ndidi] missing, we don’t have the physicality in the team.

“That has been a problem for us all season. We’ve tried man marking, we’ve tried zonal, but it’s too easy to score,” Rodgers told LCFC TV.

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