Kelechi Iheanacho has been forced to fly back to England after being refused entry to Poland for Leicester’s clash with Legia Warsaw.
Border guards spotted an error in the Nigeria striker’s documentation when the Foxes’ chartered flight arrived at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
Shocked Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers admits losing Iheanacho is a big blow, especially as midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is out suspended and defender Jonny Evans is too unwell to play.
Airport officials noticed a difference between Iheanacho’s official documentation and the visa he needed, as a Nigerian, to enter an EU country.
While the rest of his team-mates were allowed through, Iheanacho had to stay behind at the airport with a Foxes’ official as the club tried to get him back to England.
Rodgers said: “We’ve had an issue with Kelechi so his documentation coming into the country wouldn’t suffice.
“Unfortunately he’s not available to play, which is a shame because he would have played in the game.
“The paperwork didn’t allow him to enter the country, which is unfortunate. We’ll have to look at that when we get back.”
Leicester dropped two points following their 2-2 draw with fellow Europa League favourites Napoli in their opening Group C game – now they must face group leaders Legia without several key players.