Player News - Leicester City

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Leicester City striker Islam Slimani is not fit to play in Wednesday's Champions League Round of 16 first-leg at Sevilla.

Claudio Ranieri is hopeful that Leicester City can turn this season’s fortunes with a positive result at Sevilla on Wednesday evening. However, the club with have to do so without Slimani. Speaking on on Tuesday, Ranieri said the Algerian international is not fit play the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan because of an ongoing groin problem. Despite the club's £30million summer signing having traveled with the squad and trained lightly ahead of the match, will not be included in the match-day squad. This means Jamie Vardy will start alongside Shinji Okazaki or Ahmed Musa at forward, while Slimani will have seven days to recover before their next Monday's Premier League fixture with Liverpool.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 21 - 3:17 PM

Claudio Ranieri confirmed after the FA Cup fifth round defeat to ten-man Millwall that January signing Molla Wague has dislocated his shoulder.

Sitting just one point and one place above the relegation zone, Ranieri made ten changes with Demarai Gray the only player to survive from last weekend’s defeat at Swansea. Leicester were hoping that a change in personnel would provide a change in fortune, and after Jake Cooper was sent off on 52 minutes, the Foxes were handed the perfect opportunity to secure their first win of 2017. But Leicester failed to breakdown their League One counterparts, and it was the home side who grabbed the only goal as the game moved into time added on. To compound matters, Mali international Wague, who was making his full debut, landed awkwardly on 67 minutes and dislocated his shoulder which was put back into place: "I don't know [how long he will be out for]," revealed Ranieri after the game.
Feb 19 - 1:17 PM

Islam Slimani is unlikely to feature in Leicester City's FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Millwall, despite his return to action against Swansea City at the weekend.

Slimani had missed the last two Premier League matches because of a recurrent groin injury but seemed to be back on his way to full fitness, having playing 45 minutes during Saturday's 2-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium. However, Claudio Ranieri revealed on Thursday the Algerian international is now in serious doubt for Saturday's trip to London and could potentially miss next Wednesday's Champions League round-of-16 first leg tie at Sevilla. Speaking on Slimani’s chances to play at Millwall, Ranieri said: " He [Slimani] is feeling something in his groin. He is not available for these matches." Meanwhile, Ranieri also confirmed he has yet to receive clearance to hand Leonardo Ulloa a return to action.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 16 - 6:22 PM

Claudio Ranieri confirmed Leonardo Ulloa will likely miss out on Saturday's FA Cup tie at Millwall.

Speaking to the media on Thursday afternoon, Ranieri revealed he is waiting for the green light from the club's medical before handing Ulloa a return to action. The Argentine striker is continuing his recovery from a muscle injury but struggled during training on Thursday, as the 30-year-old felt the effects of his recurrent thigh problem. On Ulloa's availability for this weekend, Ranieri said: "Today he [Ulloa] didn’t finish the training session so we have to wait to see when he is back. I can’t tell you something until the medical staff tell me he is 100 per cent fit."
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 16 - 5:48 PM

Claudio Ranieri admitted he may have been too loyal to his players as Leicester City has fallen into a serious relegation battle after Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Swansea City.

Speaking after the loss at the Liberty Stadium, Ranieri said he is considering changes. "It is difficult when you achieve something so good you want to give them one chance, two chances, three chances. Maybe now, it is too much," he said. While Ranieri did not reference any specifics, it could be time for the Italian boss to make some attacking changes as the Foxes are the lone Premier League outfit without a league goal in 2017. Last season Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez scored a combined 41 goals, but this campaign they have managed just eight so far. "Every time I speak to the players and the players speak to me we are always confident we can change the situation," the 65-year-old Italian added. Leicester will have a two-week break prior to their next league match against Liverpool as Ranieri's side will travel to Milwall next weekend in the FA Cup, before a trip to Spain to face Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16.
Source: BBC Sports
Feb 12 - 3:46 PM

Leicester City are now just a point and a place above the relegation zone as they suffered a 2-0 at Swansea City on Sunday.

The reigning champions were unable to build off their midweek win in the FA Cup as they failed to score for the sixth straight league match on Sunday. Goals from Alfie Mawson and Martin Olsson saw the visitors down 2-0 at halftime, which prompted Claudio Ranieri to bring on Islam Slimani and Ben Chilwell for Albrighton and Fuchs. The Foxes did improve in the second half but were unable to overcome the two-goal deficit, as Slimani and Vardy could not bury a pair of chances. The Algerian came closest to pulling one back when Mahrez slipped the front man in, but his effort was denied by Lukaz Fabianski, while Vardy later fired high and wide on 78 minutes.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 12 - 2:55 PM

Leicester take on relegation rivals Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday and the Foxes are potentially without several key men.

Already missing is Leonardo Ulloa because of a thigh problem while they also face the prospect of Islam Slimani starting on the bench after Claudio Ranieri admitted during Friday’s press conference that the striker "is not 100 percent". The Foxes were dealt a further blow when the Italian manager confirmed Jamie Vardy "had a kick on [his calf] muscle" which will be checked ahead of the game. Ranieri has vowed to stick with a 4-4-2 for the remainder of the campaign which would leave Shinji Okazaki and Ahmed Musa as the only recognised forwards for a game Leicester can ill-afford to lose. Danny Simpson is another player struggling with injury "because his foot is very swollen". The full-back was on the receiving end of a "bad kick" vs Man United but Daniel Amartey can cover if required.
Feb 11 - 4:52 PM

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says striker Leonardo Ulloa won't be available for Saturday's match at Swansea City.

Another match, another absence for Ulloa. The Argentine striker has been sidelined with a thigh muscle strain since early January, putting him out of action for the last four league matches. Speaking on Ulloa's injury on Friday, Ranieri said: "Leo is not yet [ready]. He is getting better slowly, slowly." Once the 30-year-old does return, he'll likely regain his place on bench.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 10 - 1:12 PM

Claudio Ranieri says there are no new injury worries for Sunday's match at Swansea City, adding that Islam Slimani could make an appearance at the Liberty Stadium.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's match against Paul Cement's side, Ranieri provided an update on Slimani: "I don’t know how many minutes he can play because he is not 100 per cent." Although Slimani doesn't not appear healthy enough to start, due to an ongoing groin injury, it appears the Algerian international is close to full fitness. This is great news for Leicester, particularly considering the club's last league goal was scored by Slimani back on January 31st against West Ham United.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 10 - 12:56 PM

The tide could be turning at Leicester City after booking their ticket into the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round with an impressive 3-1 extra-time victory over Derby County.

After the sides played out a 2-2 draw at Pride Park last month; Andy King, Wilfred Ndidi and Demarai Gray scored to lift the Foxes over the Rams at King Power Stadium on Wednesday. Ranieri's side got off to a good start when King headed them into the lead just before the break, while substitute Ndidi put Leicester back in the lead with a stellar long-range strike before Gray sealed the victory in extra time. Speaking after the match, Ranieri said: "For me it (the win) is important for Leicester. When I speak, I speak for Leicester. It’s very important this victory and to go through in the cup. It gives us confidence. It was a difficult match. When we scored, we played better. Then we scored again and we kept the ball well." While the win sets up a fifth round tie at Milwall, Ranieri will look to take the momentum into this weekend's clash at Swansea City.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 9 - 5:31 PM

Claudio Ranieri says both Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa will not feature in Leicester City's Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round replay against Derby County on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of the Foxes' FA Cup tie, Ranieri said that the fixture will come too soon for Slimani and Ulloa. "They are improving, both are improving. Now today they started in the warm-up with me," Ranieri said of Slimani and Ulloa's fitness. "Slimani is getting better and Ulloa has not done all the work with me because he needs to improve more [fitness]. I hope for Swansea that Slimani could be available." The Italian boss also revealed he is likely to make some changes to his side, who will play two games in five days, but advancing in the cup remains a top priority. "We want to go through the cup," he added. "The FA Cup is an important achievement and we will fight for this."
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 7 - 5:33 PM

Claudio Ranieri says Daniel Amartey is available for Wednesday's Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round replay with Derby County.

The central midfielder featured for Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations and played the full 90 minutes as his nation suffered a late 1-0 defeat to Burkina Faso in the third-place playoff on Saturday night. Speaking ahead of Wednesday's game, Ranieri said Amartey will be in contention to make the squad Ranieri said of City's No 13: "He is available and he should arrive this afternoon (Tuesday). He’s okay and I speak with him. I think he’s available because in the last match on Saturday he played in Africa. Everything is okay."
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 7 - 5:24 PM

Defender Christian Fuchs says Leicester City must stick together as a team as they seek an upturn in form after Sunday's 3-0 loss to Manchester United at the King Power Stadium.

Speaking to LCFC TV, the left back weighed in on the run of difficult results. "Everybody is disappointed – the players, the staff and I can tell that the fans are as well and that’s their right," he said. "Now, we need to really dig in and stick together as a team because everybody is in the same boat – the players, the fans and the manager." The comments by Fuchs reiterated the Foxes' current struggles in the wake of their fourth consecutive league defeat. The reigning Premier League champions find themselves flirting with relegation zone sitting in 16th, having gone scoreless and winless since December. Leicester still has time to turnaround their season but are in need of taking all three points from Sunday's trip to Swansea City, with the Foxes level on points but ahead on goal difference. Fuchs added: "It’s going to be a tough game in Swansea, but we’ll go there with our fans and a good positive spirit to try and get the points."
Feb 6 - 8:41 PM

Leicester City have now been shut out in five straight league matches as the Foxes were defeated 3-0 by Manchester United at King Power Stadium.

There is trouble brewing at Leicester City as the Foxes sit in 16th after suffering their fourth consecutive league defeat. While Manchester United extended their 15 match league unbeaten streak thanks to goals Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata, the defending champions have now conceded 10 goals over their last five. However, the forgettable outing was rather cruel for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel considering the trio of goals were products of lackluster defending. United took the lead when Mhkitaryan raced pass Robert Huth and slotted home on a one-on-one on 42-minutes, while the second and third saw Ibrahimovic and Mata exploit poor marking. Leicester now sit one point above the relegation zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 5 - 2:17 PM

Sunday's match with Manchester United will come too soon for striker Leonardo Ulloa to make his return from injury, says manager Claudio Ranieri.

In addition to the injury absence of Islam Slimani, Ranieri revealed on Friday that Ulloa is also still injured and won't feature for Sunday's league clash with the Red Devils. Ranieri did say the 30-year-old made the warmup with the squad on Friday as the striker continues his rehabilitation from a thigh strain, which has formed him to miss the last three league matches. The absence of the two strikers could see Ranieri play Jamie Vardy as a lone striker or recall Shinji Okazaki for this weekend's match at the King Power Stadium.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 3 - 3:02 PM



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