Player News - Leicester City

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Leicester City have announced the signing of Portugal international defender Ricardo Pereira from FC Porto on a five-year contract.

Pereira’s move to Leicester City, worth a reported £22 million (roughly $30 million), will be completed when the summer transfer window officially opens on 9 June. The arrival of Pereira is Leicester’s first move of the summer to fix the lack of depth at fullback, as the club have had just one out-and-out right-back in Danny Simpson. The 24-year-old made 43 appearances for the Portuguese champions this season, and was named alongside new teammate Adrien Silva in Portugal’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Pereira will be reunited with manager Claude Puel having played under his stewardship during a loan spell at French side Nice in 2015/16. Speaking to LCFC TV, Pereira said: "I feel very happy to be here and I can’t wait to do my best to help the team. The atmosphere, the fans and the football of the Premier League makes it the best in the world. I am here to support the team and to help the Club to achieve its goals."
May 21 - 6:25 PM

Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy looked as locked in as they were in their title-winning season, linking up for three of Leicester's four goals, but it was not enough as they lost a wild contest to Tottenham, 5-4.

Just your typical nine goal affair to wrap up the season. One could argue that Leicester had pretty much settling in on the beach weeks ago but they were certainly up for it today, particularly Mahrez, was doing all the things that led to his Player of the Year Season. It took less than four minutes for him to pick out Vardy, as his free kick found his teammate's head for the opener. Spurs would equalize quickly but Mahrez was at it again, this time scoring after a deflected ball fell perfectly to him. It then looked like the Foxed were in control as Kelechi Iheanacho scored two minutes into the second half to give them a 1-3 lead. Spurs would roar back to take the lead though with three unanswered goals. Not to be outdone, Jamie Vardy scored his second of the day, and 20th of the season, once again cued up by Mahrez. Leicester are certainly a handful when their two stars are on the same page.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 12:33 PM

Danny Simpson and Aleksandar Dragovic are both doubts ahead of Leicester City's finale against Tottenham on Sunday.

Simpson returned after a groin injury and started at right-back in Wednesday's victory over Arsenal, but limped off after 82 minutes. Given Leicester City's lengthy injury list, Dragovic came on to replace Simpson despite dealing with the pain of a shoulder injury. Speaking to the media on Friday, manager Claude Puel said he will wait until Saturday to decide if Simpson and Dragovic are fit enough for Sunday's visit to Wembley. "Not available through injury is [Robert] Huth, [Daniel] Amartey, [Ben] Chilwell, [Matty] James, [Wilfred] Ndidi and [Shinji] Okazaki, and [Marc] Albrighton is another thing (suspended)," confirmed Puel. "We will see tomorrow with Dragović and Simpson. [Adrien] Silva seems okay, which is good news. "
May 11 - 5:56 PM

Kasper Schmechiel is likely to miss Leicester City's finale against Tottenham as the goalkeeper continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

The Denmark international has missed the last four matches with an ankle injury suffered during a collision in the defeat against Burnley on April 14. Schmeichel will be assessed ahead of the trip to Wembley on Sunday but manager Claude Puel revealed it will be a tough ask for the goalkeeper to be fit in time for the final day of the season. "I think we will see for Schmeichel but I think it will be difficult for Kasper," said Puel in his pre-match fitness update on Friday afternoon. Edlin Jakupovic is poised for another start following his impactful performance in the 3-1 win over Arsenal on Wednesday.
May 11 - 4:41 PM

Injury problems continue to mount for Leicester City as Aleksandar Dragović becomes the latest addition to the Foxes treatment room.

The defender left the King Power Stadium with his shoulder heavily strapped, following an aerial challenge with Andy Carroll, and he is one of eleven players who will be checked ahead of the visit of Arsenal on Wednesday. Leicester are still unsure if Marc Albrighton is available after he received a further charge by the Football Association for his reaction towards referee Mike Dean after his sending off at Selhurst Park 10 days ago. Kasper Schmeichel [ankle] should be close having failed a fitness test on Friday while Danny Simpson [groin] could come back into contention. However, Wilfred Ndidi, Matty James and Daniel Amartey seem certain to miss out with Ben Chilwell, Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki all struggling due to various injuries and ailments.
May 7 - 5:13 AM

Leicester City's winless run extended to five matches with a 2-0 defeat to West Ham at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Leicester went into the match without nine senior players through injury and suspension, but their performance still left much to be desired. Ben Hamer did well to deny Marko Arnautovic on the half-hour mark, yet the goalkeeper could do nothing to keep out Joao Mario's opener minutes later. With 60 minutes gone, Iheanacho and Demarai Gray were introduced to jumpstart the attack. However, West Ham sealed the match four minutes later as Mark Noble drilled a stunning volley into the bottom corner, again giving Hamer no chance. With just two victories in the last 12 matches, the pressure is beginning to mount on manager Claude Puel.
Source: NBC Sports
May 5 - 2:09 PM

Ben Chilwell will miss Saturday's match against West Ham after the left-back suffered an ankle injury in training.

The 20-year-old has been Leicester's first-choice left-back since the arrival of manager Claude Puel, but the French boss won't be able to call on him this weekend. With Chilwell unavailable to face West Ham, Christian Fuchs is in line for his first start since early-March. Chilwell's injury adds to a growing list of absentees following the news that right-back Danny Simpson will miss out with a groin problem. However, Puel did reveal Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki could potentially return: "We will wait for Kasper and how he is feeling, if he can come back. It’s the same with Okazaki and different players. It’s not a serious injury but there are a lot of players are not available and it’s difficult."
May 4 - 1:55 PM

Ben Chilwell will miss Saturday's match against West Ham after the left-back suffered an ankle injury in training.

The 20-year-old has been Leicester's first-choice left-back since the arrival of manager Claude Puel, but the French boss won't be able to call on him this weekend. With Chilwell unavailable to face West Ham, Christian Fuchs is in line for his first start since early-March. Chilwell's injury adds to a growing list of absentees following the news that right-back Danny Simpson will miss out with a groin problem. However, Puel did reveal Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki could potentially return: "We will wait for Kasper and how he is feeling, if he can come back. It’s the same with Okazaki and different players. It’s not a serious injury but there are a lot of players are not available and it’s difficult."
May 4 - 1:55 PM

Claude Puel will need to get creative with his defense against West Ham as Leicester City will be without Danny Simpson, Marc Albrighton and Daniel Amartey.

Speaking to the media on Friday, Puel confirmed Simpson will miss the visit of West Ham because of a groin injury. Marc Albrighton has started at right-back the past two matches, but the winger-turned-fullback won't unavailable after his red card in the defeat at Crystal Palace. With Simpson ruled out, and Daniel Amartey still not fit to start having just returned from a hamstring problem, Puel is without a recognized right back. Aleksandar Dragovic has featured at right back this season and could be called on to fill in. Alternatively, Puel could turn to promising development squad right-back Darnell Johnson.

Wilfred Ndidi has been ruled out of Saturday's match against West Ham after the midfielder suffered a hamstring injury against Crystal Palace.

Leicester City will be without some key midfielders when they host West Ham this weekend. Ndidi is unavailable after he hobbled off with a hamstring injury in the 5-0 thumping at Selhurst Park, while Matty James is out for the season with an Achilles problem. Vicente Iborra [hamstring] has returned to training ahead of schedule, although it is unclear if he will ready for Saturday. This means Adrien Silva and academy product Hamza Choudhury are poised to start in the middle of the park. Elsewhere in midfield, Fousseni Diabate could also be handed a start on the wing with Marc Albrighton unavailable after his red card in the defeat at Palace.
May 4 - 12:43 PM

Riyad Mahrez says he has withdrawn his transfer request from Leicester City, but admits he doesn't know what the future holds for him.

Mahrez, under contract until June 2020, has been subject of a transfer saga since stating his desire to leave Leicester at the end of last season. Following the announcement, Roma had a bid rejected for his services in the summer. In January, Mahrez tried to force a move to Manchester City and went absence for 10 days after the deal fell through. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Algeria international revealed he has taken back his official request to leave the club, but doesn't know where he will play next season. "It has gone. It was in January, it's another transfer window. I am still here - I don't want to put a lot of things in my head." The former PFA Player of the Year has scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in 33 appearances this season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 4 - 9:50 AM

Marc Albrighton has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his straight red card at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The FA has officially issued the 28-year-old with a charge of misconduct for "his behaviour towards the referee after his sending-off" in Leicester's 5-0 defeat at Selhurst Park. Albrighton was sent off for hauling down Palace forward Wilfried Zaha in the 56th minute and, after being shown a straight red, reacted sharply towards referee Mike Dean. The winger is already facing a one-match ban for the professional foul, but could face further punishment if found guilty. Albrighton, who is suspended for Saturday's clash with West Ham, has until 6 pm on Thursday, May 4, to respond to the charge.
Source: FA Website
May 1 - 6:18 PM

Leicester City appeared to have taken an early vacation as they put up very little fight against an upstart Crystal Palace side, falling to the Eagles 5-0.

Leicester's form has taken a noticeable decline in recent weeks, perhaps suffering from having nothing to play for, and it showed today. Fifteen minutes in, they had a huge chance to score the opener despite dominant play from Palace, but despite Wayne Hennessey completely out of position, a Jamie Vardy shot was magically cleared off the line by James Tomkins. Just moments later, it would be the Eagles that would find the opener. From then on, it was a completely one-sided affair that saw another invisible performance from Riyad Mahrez. It could have been a 2-0 final, but Marc Albrighton would get a straight red for fouling when Palace had a clear chance on goal, and the Eagles would punish the 10-man Foxes with three goals in the final 10 minutes.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 28 - 12:11 PM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel confirmed that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel won't be fit for the weekend.

The Danish international missed the club's scoreless draw with Southampton last weekend due to an ankle injury suffered during a collision against Burnley in Gameweek 34 and won't be able to face Crystal Palace on Saturday. However, Ben Hamer, who recorded a clean sheet last week, will fill in for the second straight game. Said Puel: "Kasper is still injured like Okazaki, they are both not available," Puel said. "Some players like Amartey will come back with the Under-23s and we will see if he can come back into training. Sometimes it can a good thing. We want all players to be available but it is a good opportunity for players to play and to give their best."
Apr 26 - 12:31 PM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has explained why he decided to play winger Marc Albrighton as a full-back in the 0-0 draw with Southampton on Thursday.

Puel seized the chance to experiment with different options at the back against Southampton, as Albrighton and Aleksander Dragovic were preferred ahead of regular right-back Danny Simpson and center-back Wes Morgan. While the omission of Simpson came as a surprise, Albrighton put in solid shift on his first appearance of the season at right back. The 28-year-old sent in eight crosses and provided good support for Riyad Mahrez from defense. "I thought it was important for me to refresh some players and try some other players in different positions, like Marc Albrighton," said Puel. "He can provide good crosses and start attacks with the ball. He could give a good help to Riyad for example. This is interesting for the future."
Apr 20 - 11:12 AM


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