Player News - Leicester City

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Wes Morgan will sit out of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup clash against Sheffield United after suffering a back injury during the 2-0 win over Brighton.

Manager Craig Shakespeare addressed the media ahead of his sides visit to Bramall Lane confirming that he plans "to make changes" as there are squad players "that deserve a chance." Young defender Josh Knight will be included, while Ahmed Musa and Yohan Benalouane are set to feature. However, Morgan won’t make it, due to a slight back problem: "I don’t want to take a risk with him tomorrow so he’ll come in and train as normal and hopefully he’ll be okay for Saturday," said Shakespeare. "It’s not [the same back injury], it’s a different area. He’s had some physio and treatment on there and he’ll be fine." Danny Drinkwater [thigh], Vicente Iborra [groin] and Kelechi Iheanacho [toe] are also out. Robert Huth "is close" after playing 60 minutes for the development side last week but "he could do with another game before he goes into a competitive [first team match]."
Aug 21 - 4:33 PM

Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been ruled out of Tuesday's Carabao Cup clash with Sheffield United but could be fit for the trip to Manchester United on Saturday.

Iheanacho has returned to training after missing the 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion with a foot injury but Tuesday's cup clash will come too soon for the £25million signing from Manchester City. "He [Iheanacho] won’t feature," said manager Craig Shakespeare on Monday. "There’s no real major problems which is a bonus. Obviously, when players get discomfort in there, you want that to settle down by giving him a few days off the grass." Iheanacho saw a specialist last week after experiencing pain in his toe while running at full speed and, according to Shakespeare, will be given more time to recover ahead of the trip to Old Trafford. Meanwhile, Wes Morgan (back), Robert Huth (ankle) and Danny Drinkwater (thigh) will also miss the trip to Bramall Lane on Tuesday.
Aug 21 - 2:52 PM

Jamie Vardy has recovered from a foot injury and is expected to be fit to face Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup clash on Tuesday.

Vardy was withdraw towards the end of the Premier League victory over Brighton & and Hove Albion on Saturday with a foot issue, but has been declared fit to face the Blades by manager Craig Shakespeare. "Jamie [Vardy] trained this morning (Monday) okay," Shakespeare said, but added the striker may see a limited role in the cup fixture with Leicester headed to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Saturday. This could see Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani lead the attack against Sheffield United in order to afford Vardy some more rest ahead of the clash with the Premier League leaders.
Aug 21 - 2:32 PM

Harry Maguire opened his scoring account for Leicester City as the Foxes picked up 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Craig Shakespeare's side responded from last week's 4-3 defeat at Arsenal with an efficient performance at the King Power Stadium. The hosts took the lead inside a minute when Shinji Okazaki tapped in after Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan failed to hold a low strike from Riyad Mahrez. The rest of the first period saw Okazaki and Jamie Vardy, who would later hobble off, fail to convert chances while Seagulls striker Glenn Murray had a goal disallowed for offside. However, the missed opportunities did not come back to haunt Leicester as Maguire rose at the back post to head home a Mahrez corner to double the lead in the 54th minute. Aside from the concern over the health of Vardy, the Foxes will be happy with the result.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 19 - 1:26 PM

Danny Drinkwater (thigh) and Vicente Iborra (groin) have been ruled out for Saturday's match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Drinkwater and Iborra will both miss their second successive match after being held out of Leicester's Premier League opener against Arsenal last week. Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare told the media on Friday that Drinkwater trained today but hasn't made enough progress to be included in the squad, while Iborra is expected to return to training next week and could be available to face Manchester United (Week 3). Matty James will be in contention to make his second straight start alongside Wilfred Ndidi in central midfield, while Daniel Amartey and Andy King could see minutes off the bench. Fantasy-wise, Ndidi and James offer sleeper value as differential plays.
Aug 18 - 2:25 PM

Leicester City midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Vicente Iborra did not take part in training on Thursday.

With just two days remaining until Leicester's first home match of the season against Brighton, there was no sign of either midfielder in a video of the Foxes training on Thursday. While Drinkwater (thigh) and Iborra (groin) both missed out on the 4-3 defeat to Arsenal through injury, manager Craig Shakespeare had said ahead of Week 1 they could be fit to return against the Seagulls. Should Shakespeare reveal at tomorrow's press conference Drinkwater and Iborra will be unavailable this weekend, Matty James could be handed another start alongside Wilfred Ndidi in central midfield.
Aug 17 - 3:31 PM

Derby Country have completed the signing of Leicester City midfielder Tom Lawrence for an initial fee believed to be £5 million.

The 23-year-old Wales international leaves Leicester City after a three-year spell, having joined from Manchester United in September 2014. Lawrence, who has six Wales caps, made just four appearances for the Foxes and spent the vast majority of his time out on loan. The midfielder impressed in the Championship while on loan at Ispwich last season, where he scored 11 goals in 36 appearances and claimed their Player of the Year award. However, with Riyad Mahrez, Marc Albrighton, Demarai Gray, Ahmed Musa ahead in the pecking order, first-team football at the King Power Stadium would have been unlikely for Lawrence this season.
Aug 15 - 2:25 PM

Jamie Vardy continues to torment Arsenal as he scored a brace only to see his defense concede late in a 4-3 loss.

Vardy certainly has a habit of making life difficult for Arsenal. The Foxes also have a habit of losing to the Gunners. Both script elements held true as Arsenal came from behind to overcome two Vardy goals to beat the Foxes 4-3 on goals in the 83rd and 85th minutes.
Source: Espnfc.com
Aug 11 - 4:51 PM

Vicente Iborra will not be available to face Arsenal after picking up a muscular injury in training.

The defensive midfielder has settled well since his arrival from La Liga side Sevilla and the 29-year-old was looking forward to making his Premier League bow at the Emirates on Friday. However, a setback on Monday is likely to mean that Leicester supporters will have to wait at least one more week before they see Iborra in competitive action. "He picked up a groin strain the other day," said Craig Shakespeare. "I’m just waiting on the scan results. I expect that type of injury to be no longer than seven to 14 days." Danny Drinkwater [thigh] is also ruled out of the opener but there was better news regarding Kelechi Iheanacho who has managed to shake off a toe injury while Islam Slimani [leg laceration] and Papy Mendy [ankle surgery] are also back in contention.
Aug 10 - 6:31 PM

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare was handed a boost this week as Robert Huth returned to full training for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery.

Huth underwent surgery to correct an ongoing ankle problem in mid-July, but has now returned to training has come ahead of schedule, according to Shakespeare. "Robert Huth is back in training which is a real bonus because we thought he would be out for more time," the City boss said, "he will get some game-time with the under-23s on Monday, which is well ahead of schedule." Though Huth will still miss a few more matches, he appears on pace to be back in action sooner than his original expected absence of eight weeks. This means Harry Maguire will make his debut at Arsenal on Friday alongside skipper Wes Morgan, and hold a place in the starting XI until Huth is fully fit.
Aug 10 - 12:18 AM

Leicester City midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Vicente Iborra will both miss Friday's trip to Arsenal.

Craig Shakespeare confirmed in a fitness update on Wednesday afternoon that both Drinkwater and Iborra won't be fit for the season opener at the Emirates. Drinkwater has been dealing with a thigh strain, but is expected to return for next weekend's clash with Brighton, according to the City boss. Meanwhile, Iborra has yet to be given a return date after straining his groin in training earlier this week. "I’m just waiting on the scan results," Shakespeare said when asked about Iborra on Wednesday. "I expect that type of injury to be no longer than seven to 14 days." The absence of Drinkwater and Iborra means Matty James, who impressed in pre-season, or veteran Andy King could be handed a start alongside Wilfred Ndidi.
Aug 9 - 11:13 PM

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare confirmed Kelechi Iheanacho is fully fit ahead of Friday's season opener against Arsenal.

Iheanacho came off the substitute's bench during his first appearances for Leicester and set up Jamie Vardy for his second goal of against Borussia Monchengladbach last week. The Nigeria international striker was then forced off with a toe injury, but has now fully recovered, according to Shakespeare. "Kelechi trained fully after his little knock against Borussia Monchengladback," the City boss said in a fitness update. "He's over his toe injury and he's fully fit." While Shakespeare added he wasn't sure if Iheanacho can "last 90 minutes", the summer signing trained the last few days and could potentially make his first start for the Foxes at the Emirates. Should Iheanacho feature off the bench, it won't be longer before he replaces Shinji Okazaki in the starting XI.
Aug 9 - 10:53 PM

Leicester City have completed the signing of Coventry City starlet George Thomas for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old Leicester-born attacker, who can play either as a striker or in the midfield, joins the Foxes on a three-year deal after impressing for the League Two side last season. Thomas scored nine times in 36 appearances for Coventry, including the winner as the Sky Blues defeated Oxford United 2-1 to lift the EFL Trophy at Wembley in May. The highly rated Wales Under-20 followed his breakout campaign with a strong showing in this summer's Toulon Tournament, as he bagged a brace in a 2-2 draw with the Ivory Coast. Thomas, who will start the season with the club’s development squad, told LCFC TV: "I've played 50-odd games at professional level, so maybe I have got that head start over other 20-year-olds in the country. Hopefully I can use that experience to get into the first team here. The aim is to play first-team football and try and help the club. That's the aim, to try and hit the ground running."
Aug 8 - 10:08 AM

Craig Shakespeare was on hand to provide a mixed injury update following his sides 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday.

The Leicester manager revealed the reason behind Danny Drinkwater’s absence for the final pre-season game was due to a muscular strain which will keep him out of next weekend’s opener: "He pulled his thigh on Wednesday in training. I’m [not] sure how long [he’ll be out] but we’re expecting 10 to 12 days, so that rules him out of Arsenal. It was unfortunate because it was right at the end of training." However, Shakespeare was able to offer an encouraging update on new signing Kelechi Iheanacho who was replaced as a precaution just 18 minutes into his debut: "I don’t know whether it is [his] ankle or Achilles but he seems fine," he said. "The first thing is the physios, and they aren’t showing great concern, which is a good sign." Meanwhile, Islam Slimani will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness after sustaining a nasty leg gash during the pre-season defeat to Wolves.
Aug 5 - 9:33 AM

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare revealed Kelechi Iheanacho was taken off as a "precautionary" during 2-1 Friday's pre-season victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Iheancho came on in the 66th-minute and made an instant impact by setting up Jamie Vardy for his second goal of the night, which proved to be the match-winner at the King Power Stadium. But, the £25 million striker lasted just 18-minute and was replaced by Leonardo Ulloa after an awkward challenge. Shakespeare, speaking after the match to LCFC TV, did however confirm that the challenge was nothing more than a knock. "He’s [Iheanacho] fine in there. He’s getting a bit of a ribbing from the players in terms of him coming off," said Shakespeare. "We’re just really making sure that was more of a precaution." Given how good Iheanacho looked in his brief cameo, the Nigerian international looks to be on the fast track to earning a place in the starting XI. Meanwhile, striker Islam Slimani and midfielder Danny Drinkwater (thigh strain) also missed the match.


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