Player News - Leicester City

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Kasper Schmeichel returned from injury in Leicester City's UEFA Champions League victory over FC Porto on Tuesday night.

Schmeichel regained his spot in the starting XI after he missed the Foxes' last three matches, due to a muscle injury. The Danish international recorded his second consecutive clean sheet in UEFA Champions League play in a match that saw him stop all three shots he faced. The 29-year-old will be in contention to make his Premier League return this Sunday when Leicester play Southampton at the King Power Stadium.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Sep 29 - 7:36 PM

Islam Slimani's solo strike propelled Leicester City a 1-0 win over FC Porto in their first-ever UEFA Champions League home victory on Tuesday night.

Slimani continued his hot start for Leicester when he headed in Riyad Mahrez's cross in the 26th minute on their home UEFA Champions League debut. Slimani's goal was his third in four appearances for the Foxes' and his seventh in nine, across all competitions, against FC Porto. The Foxes' victory sits them top of Group G and two points clear of second-placed FC Copenhagen, who Leicester will face in their next Champions League fixture on October 18.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Sep 29 - 7:19 PM

Claudio Ranieri feels goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could return in the Champions League next week despite media reports suggesting the Denmark international was set for an extended period on the sidelines.

Schmeichel was hoping to be back in the starting XI at Old Trafford following his recovery from a training ground head injury which left him with concussion. However, ahead of the trip, Ranieri revealed Schmeichel had complained of muscular discomfort and that a decision on his availability would be made in training: "Tomorrow I'll check. If it's nothing serious he'll play." The Foxes No.1 missed the 4-1 loss to a resurgent United side and when asked for an update on his keeper post-match, Ranieri replied: "I prefer to leave Schmeichel out because I didn't want to risk. I think he'll be back Tuesday [in the Champions League versus Porto]."
Source: The Mirror
Sep 24 - 12:15 PM

The defending title-winners continued their lackluster follow up season, losing for the third time in six games, as they were outmatched thoroughly by Manchester United, losing 4-1.

The Foxes have now equaled their loss total of three from their title-winning campaign of a year ago, and we are only a month and change into the season. The first twenty minutes today were pretty even between the two sides but, once United opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, it became a decidedly one-sided affair. After conceding four goals in the opening half, three from set pieces, he made two significant substitutions to begin the second frame, removing starts Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy in favor or Andy King and Demarai Gray. It has to be said it was the right move, as Leicester would win the second half, keeping United out and getting a brilliant strike from Gray to wipe out the opponent's clean sheet. Daniel Amartey was credited with a clean sheet. The odds of repeating as title-winners looks rather grim at this point but they have a strong opening Champions League win to hang their hat on. They will look to bounce back with a home game against Southampton next week.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 24 - 9:54 AM

Islam Slimani enjoyed a wonderful Premier League debut by grabbing a brace as Leicester City overwhelmed Burnley, 3-0.

Leicester were in control from start to finish in this match, but Burnley did well to keep the Foxes from scoring, nearly making it to halftime without conceding, but Slimani headed home a Christian Fuchs free kick just before the break to open his account. Slimani was at it again less than two minutes into the second half, scoring with another header, this time when Jamie Vardy flicked on a cross by Riyad Mahrez to the Algerian international. That would be more than enough for Leicester but they got a third goal when a Mahrez cross was steered in by Ben Mee for a Burnley own goal. After a slow start to the season, it has been a very good week for the Foxes with results in Champions League and in the PL.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 12:00 PM

Ron-Robert Zieler came in for his first Premier League start at home to Burnley after Kasper Schmeichel picked up an injury in training on Friday.

The Denmark international took a whack to the head on the eve of the game and further tests revealed Schmeichel had suffered concussion. The 29-year-old was forced to sit out of the match under Football Association guidelines which stipulate: ‘The player should not be allowed to return to play for at least 6 days after the injury.’ With Zieler expected to start in the midweek EFL Cup tie versus Chelsea, all being well, Schmeichel should be back for the early kick-off at Old Trafford in game week six.
Sep 17 - 11:02 AM

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri confirmed that Danny Simpson will be available for selection for Saturday’s match with Burnley.

Simpson is set to make his return after missing their Champions League win on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which the fullback suffered in their defeat to Liverpool GW5. "Danny Simpson trained very well and he’s ready to play," Ranieri said speaking about his squad's fitness ahead of their match at the King Power Stadium this weekend.
Source: LCFC
Sep 16 - 6:40 PM

Namplays Mendy will not feature for Leicester City when they face Burnley this Saturday, according to Claudio Ranieri.

The absence of Mendy this weekend should see Daniel Amartey and Daniel Drinkwater form the central midfield pairing. The exclusion of Mendy seems to be precautionary, as the midfielder continues his recovery from an ankle injury sustained against Arsenal in GW2. "I think he needs another week and he starts with us," Ranieri said ahead of their match at the King Power Stadium. The news means that Mendy will likely make his return when Leicester clash with Manchester United next Sunday.
Source: LCFC
Sep 16 - 6:12 PM

Leicester City impressed in their Champions League debut with 3-0 victory over Belgian Pro League champions Club Brugge.

The Foxes were in fine form in their historic first appearance in the Champions League. Midfielder Marc Albrighton opened the scoring for Leicester with a close-range tap-in inside five minutes, while Riyad Mahrez doubled their lead with a brilliant free-kick in the 29th minute. The Algerian went on to added his second of the night in the 59th minute by converting from the penalty spot after Jamie Vardy was fouled by Brugge goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle. Mahrez headlined the victory as he became the first player to score a free-kick and a penalty in the same Champions League match since Robin van Persie for Manchester United in 2014. Leicester City, who face FC Porto in their next group stage match later this month, will look to carry the momentum gained into their fixture with Burnley at the King Power Stadium this weekend.
Source: Daily Mail
Sep 14 - 7:26 PM

Danny Simpson limping off with an apparent hamstring injury at Anfield on Saturday only served to compound matters after the Premier League Champions were deservedly thumped 4-1 by Liverpool.

The Leicester defender endured a torrid afternoon as he struggled to get to grips with the game and Daniel Sturridge, particularly during the build-up to the second goal which Sadio Mane confidently clipped in past Kasper Schmeichel. Simpsons’ day ended after only 34 minutes and if tests reveal a muscular tear, then the Foxes full-back can expect at least 2-3 weeks on the sidelines. His absence should see summer signing Luis Hernandez come into the side. The 27-year-old, who arrived from Sporting Gijon last started at Hull on the opening day, but disappointed along with the rest of his teammates as they lost 2-1. A run in the side will help Hernandez to settle while his long throw could provide a new angle of attack.
Sep 12 - 4:33 AM

Jamie Vardy scored a goal on three shots on target in Leicester City's 4-1 lose to Liverpool.

Vardy scored his club's lone goal and registered all three of their shots on target. The 29-year-old striker was the only bright spot in an overall disappointing result for Leicester City. Vardy, even when the Foxes play poorly, is still an elite forward. Week Five he will look to extend his scoring streak against Burnley.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 10 - 3:29 PM

Manager Claudio Ranieri revealed that Nampalys Mendy will not be ready to face Liverpool due to injury.

"[Nampalys] Mendy is training on the bike, sometimes outside, and when he comes back with the first team he needs a week," the Italian boss said in a Fitness Update on Leicester City's official website Thursday. Mendy, who sustained ankle injury in his debut, is however "progessing well" and will likely be back for GW5. His exclusion GW4 means that Daniel Amartey will likely be handed his second start of the season.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri confirmed goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will be available for selection when the Foxes face Liverpool this Saturday.

Schmeichel sustained an injury in the second half during a 2-1 victory over Swansea City and underwent minor hernia operation during the international break. "He (Kasper Schmeichel) is ready to play," Ranieri revealed in his official Fitness Update Thursday. " I said it was a very little operation, it was good, the surgery was fantastic and he is ready to play." This is a big boost ahead of an important fixture for the Foxes considering Schmeichel - who enters the fixture with nine saves and two goals conceded so far this year - made four saves and conceded once in two matches against Liverpool last season.
Sep 8 - 3:13 PM

Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani both featured for Algeria in a 6-0 victory over Lesotho in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday.

Mahrez, the 2015 Algerian Footballer of the Year, scored a brace while Slimani set up Hilal Soudani's goal. However, these weren't the only members of Leicester City to take the pitch during the interational break. Bartosz Kapustka scored his third goal for Poland in their 2-2 draw with Kazakhstan, while Ahmed Musa played 90 minutes for Nigeria and Andy King played 90 minutes for Wales.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 6 - 11:26 AM

Leicester City have reportedly struck a deal with Sporting Lisbon for the acquisition of Islam Slimani, with the striker headed to the defending PL champions to have a medical.

The Foxes approached Sporting earlier in the week but the Portuguese club were looking for a transfer fee of around £34m. Leicester seem to have been able to drive that asking price down a bit as the the fee is believed to be in the £27-28m range. The 28-year-old Algerian international has scored 48 goals in 82 appearances over the past two seasons in Lisbon and would likely earn regular playing time quickly if the move to the Foxes is confirmed. Ahmed Musa was thought to be the forward signing to make waves for Claudio Ranieri's side this summer, but the addition of Slimani would have an even bigger impact, possibly blocking Musa from having very much fantasy value and taking over the role currently occupied by Shinji Okazaki.
Source: ESPN FC
Aug 31 - 6:41 AM


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