LEICESTER ace Wesley Fofana was subbed off after an hour of the win over West Brom because he is fasting for Ramadan.
The French defender, 20, started in a back three alongside Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu at the King Power last night.
Wesley Fofana was subbed off in Leicester’s win over West Brom because he was fastingCredit: Rex
But he was replaced with 61 minutes on the clock by Marc Albrighton.
And Brendan Rodgers confirmed it was because his young centre-back hadn’t eaten or drank since sunrise.
The Foxes boss told BBC Radio Leicester: “He’s a young player in the middle of Ramadan so hasn’t eaten.
“It’s remarkable to think of his performance at the weekend.
“To still perform to that level was incredible.
“He finds that strength to train and play. He’s a special talent and a big player for us.”
Ramadan started on April 13 this year and will end with the celebration of Eid on May 12 or 13.
The holy month in the Islamic calendar sees Muslims refrain from eating or drinking anything, including water, during sunlight hours.
On Thursday, when the Foxes hosted the Baggies, the fast started at 3.29am in Leicester and was broken with sunset at 8.19pm, just 19 minutes after kick-off.
It means Fofana was also fasting when he helped City book their place in the FA Cup final by beating Southampton on Sunday.
The £36million France Under-21 international was hailed for his performance despite the lack of food and drink while ‘class manager’ Rodgers came in for praise for his admirable handling of the situation.
One fan said: “That right there is what makes us great. Taking into account not only health issues but also the fact he appreciates he is fasting. Top management that!”
Another added: “Whilst fasting, I do bit of skipping for 10-15 minutes a day and it kills me. How [Sadio] Mane, [Mo] Salah, Fofana and the rest play elite level football I’ll never know. Got my upmost respect boys.”
And a third commented: “What a performance while fasting.”
On Thursday night, first-half goals from Jamie Vardy, Evans and in-form Kelechi Iheanacho sealed all three points for Leicester as they took another step towards a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.
But Rodgers, whose side sit third, four points clear of the chasing pack – still wanted more as the game approached half-time – and kicked a water bottle in frustration.
He added: “I wasn’t happy. Nearly broke my ankle!
“You’re always looking for perfection and we lost too many simple passes.
“But that’s something we’ll analyse and we can’t take anything away from the overall result.”
The defender celebrates with goalscoreres Jonny Evans and Kelechi IheanachoCredit: EPA
The Frenchman was also fasting when City beat Southampton in the FA Cup semi-finalCredit: AP