Earlier this week it was reported in Belgium that Kara Mbodji is in conflict with his club over a possible knee operation. The defender was the subject of much interest towards the end of the January transfer window, with Leicester City seeming the most keen.

Leicester moved on their interest and submitted two offers to Anderlecht for the defender, but both were knocked back. The second offer from Leicester was for €10.5m, but Anderlecht were looking for something around €15m.

Experiencing knee discomfort, the player had been minded to have an operation, but his club, needing him for the remainder of the season, preferred to leave things as they are, hoping that no surgery was necessary.

Given the reports on the conflict between player and club, Anderlecht have released a statement, via DH: ‘A major specialist and sports doctor has confirmed the diagnosis of the medical staff of RSC Anderlecht and Dr. Declercq: no operation is necessary. Kara will undergo special care and he will be selectable for the match next Sunday against SV Zulte Waregem.’

Should the knee problem continue and Mbodji have an operation in the summer then it could of course hamper any chances of Leicester trying to sign the player again.