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Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel and Andy King could all take part in European World Cup qualification during the fourth international break of the 2016/17 season.

Almost a year to the date since Vardy scored his first international goal in a 3-2 victory over the current World Cup champions in Berlin, City's No.9 will look to make his 15th appearance for England when they face Germany on Wednesday. The trip to Germany will then be followed by a 2018 World Cup qualifier clash with Lithuanina at Wembley on Sunday. While England will aim to kept their place atop Group F, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will look to extend his stellar form onto the international stage with Denmark in Group E when they host Romania on Sunday at Telia Parken Stadium. Meanwhile, Welshman Andy King could make club history when his nation faces the Republic of Ireland on Friday. An appearance for King in the WCQ in Dublin would break John O'Neill's record of 39 international appearances as a Leicester City player.
Mar 21 - 3:37 PM

Leicester City defender Molla Wague has been ruled out for the rest of season with a dislocated shoulder.

Wague, who joined on loan from Italian outfit Udinese until May, suffered the injury on his debut in the 1-0 FA Cup defeat by Milwall in February. Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare told BBC Radio Leicester: "Our best wishes are with him. It was freak incident. He will be back and around the training ground, but won't be playing." With the 26-year-old done for the rest of the term, Yohan Benalouane and Marcin Wasilwski will be the primary backups for first-choice duo Wes Morgan and Robert Huth.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 20 - 3:53 PM

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare is hoping injured center-half Wes Morgan will be back in action after the international break.

The club captain missed Saturday's 3-2 victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium because of a back injury, ending his run of 154 consecutive appears for Leicester City. "He had a slight back injury against Sevilla," manager Craig Shakespeare explained after the West Ham game."We thought we had given him enough time to get over it and he was touch and go, but in the end he didn't quite make it." While Yohan Benalouane was drafted in to replace Morgan, Shakespeare was optimistic that the Jamaican international will be able to get over the problem in time for their clash with Stoke City on Saturday, April 1. The manager added: "I think the international break will come at a great time for Wes. We can get him some treatment and hopefully he will be fit and raring to go for the next game."
Mar 20 - 3:17 PM

Leicester overcame West Ham to grab their first away win of the season on a 3-2 scoreline.

Leicester took an early two game lead through Riyad Mahrez and Robert Huth. Darren Randolph failed to get a hand to the former's cross for the first. Soon after, Robert Huth headed home an Albrighton chip-pass following a set-play. Lanzini pulled one back for the Hammers with a super free-kick after 20'. However, Jamie Vardy reinstated the two goal margin after capitalising on sleepy defence by the Irons after a corner. Ayew headed the Irons back into contention but the Foxes held strong against the pressure with a special mention to Schmeichel who twice denied Carroll.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 18 - 1:21 PM

Leicester City booked their place in the last eight of the Champions League with a dramatic 2-0 victory over Sevilla at the King Power Stadium.

Despite a 2-1 first-leg defeat in Spain, the Foxes mounted a resurgent effort and pulled of an incredible achievement on Tuesday night. Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton provided the goals while Kasper Schmeichel the heroics, as Leicester advanced 3-2 on aggregate. The Foxes made their first chance of the match count when Morgan turned in a scrappy finish at the backpost, while Albrighton then doubled the advantage with a low blast nine minutes after half-time. The electric match proved to have more in store as Sevilla earned a penalty late on, just five minutes removed from the dismissal of Samir Nasri. However, having saved a penalty in Seville, Schmeichel repeated the feat by denying Steven N'Zonzi. Leicester City will now await Friday's quarterfinal draw, with the win crowning Craig Shakespeare just the third English manager to reach the knockout stage of the UCL.
Source: The Guardian
Mar 14 - 8:39 PM

Leicester City won't have the services of midfielder Nampalys Mendy for tonight's Champions League match.

The club lost the opening match of the round of 16 tie in Spain, but nabbed a crucial away goal that could prove critical in the return leg. But after having the weekend off due to the FA Cup quarterfinals, manager Craig Shakespeare, recently appointed manager until the end of the season, confirmed that Mendy picked up a knee injury in training and is a doubt for the entire week, including the upcoming weekend: "Papy Mendy had a knock on his knee a couple of days ago. He’ll be struggling. We may be back for the weekend but he’ll definitely miss tomorrow’s match."
Mar 14 - 8:38 AM

Leicester City made it two wins from two attempts under caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare at the King Power Stadium.

Hull City took an early lead through Sam Clucas, who was back from suspension after being sent off against Arsenal. He latched onto a Grosicki cross to lash in from close range. Christian Fuchs and Jamie Vardy combined well on the left wing to get Leicester an equaliser midway through the first-half before Riyad Mahrez scored his first goal in the PL since November from 18 yards. Both sides pressed for goals, but only Leicester succeeded when Ndidi's header deflected off Tom Huddlestone's head just before the end of regulation time to seal the victory.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 4 - 12:19 PM

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has an ankle injury but interim manager Craig Shakespeare said his number one will be okay for Saturday's match with Hull City.

The Danish international has been Leicester's most valuable asset this season and, while the news of the injury would normally be a cause for concern, Shakespeare quelled worries ahead of this weekend's clash with Hull at the King Power Stadium. On Schmeichel's injury, the manager said: "Kasper has a slight problem with his ankle but nothing that will keep him out of training. We are managing it. It hasn't caused him a problem in games and he has trained as normal." With upcoming matches against Arsenal and West Ham, the presence of Schmeichel in net will be key to the relegation battle. Shakespeare added: "We just make sure he does his rehab work before training and it is nothing that will keep him from training or games."
Mar 3 - 11:13 AM

Wilfred Ndidi may have just a handful of Premier League appearances under his belt but the Leicester City midfielder showed N'Golo Kante-esque potential against Liverpool.

On Monday, Ndidi put in a performance that validated his €17 million move from KRC Genk to the King Power Stadium. The 20-year-old shined as he won seven aerials, dispatched six clearances and made nine tackles - more than any other player on the pitch. While this was by far the Nigerian's most noteworthy performance given the 3-1 victory, the Kante-esque statistical product has been seen in each of his appearances since signing with Leicester in January. In six leagues matches, Ndidi has averaged 4.2 tackles, 4.2 clearances and 43.7 passes per match. It might be early to draw a like-for-like comparison, however, he's demonstrated the potential to fill the void left by Kante's summer departure to Chelsea.
Feb 28 - 6:12 PM

Christian Fuchs paid tribute to the Blue Army after Leicester City surged to an all-important 3-1 victory over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

The ex-Austria international was among the top performers on a momentous night for the Foxes. Fuchs won seven tackles, put in two crosses and assisted on Jamie Vardy's second goal as the home side roared to victory in front of their home fans. Speaking to LCFC TV after the match, the left-back hailed Leicester's performance and the club's supporters amid the difficult circumstances: "These fans behind us cheered every action that we did, whenever we won a tackle we fired them up, they were a great support today. You saw the Leicester of last season and we will try to build upon this game," he said. Fuchs also touched on the importance of replicating the intensity shown moving forward. "Every match for us is a final. We can build up on this game and we’re looking forward to the next one," the 30-year-old added.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 28 - 4:54 PM

A brace from Jamie Vardy and a goal from Daniel Drinkwater jolted Leicester City to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in their first match since sacking Claudio Ranieri last week.

Amid the off pitch adversity, Leicester City produced a brilliant performance under caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare. While the Foxes had yet to score a league goal in 2017, Jamie Vardy ended their goal drought on 28 minutes when he ran onto a through ball by Marc Albrighton and finished past Simon Mignolet at the near post. Leicester then extended their lead just before the break when Daniel Drinkwater fired a stellar volley from distance into the bottom right corner of the net. Shakespeare's side continued to push after the break and found another goal on 60 minutes, as Vardy tallied his brace with a header off a Christian Fuchs cross. Despite conceding eight minutes later, the reigning champions held firm to pull off a must-needed victory and move two points clear of the drop zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 27 - 5:22 PM

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was quick to defend the club's players in Claudio Ranieri's dismissal this week.

Reports emerged immediately after Ranieri's departure that the club's senior players had turned on the FIFA Manager of the Year, which was the deciding factor in the board's decision to relieve the Italian of his duties just nine months after leading the club to the Premier League title. The Foxes dropped into the bottom three on Saturday following a win by Crystal Palace and have not won a single match in 2017. Said Schmeichel: "There's absolutely no truth in that whatsoever. We are players and we can only affect on the pitch - and we haven't done that. What happens above our heads at boardroom level is completely out of our control."
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 26 - 1:08 PM

The dramatic fall of title-defenders Leicester City has resulted in the firing of manager Claudio Ranieri on Thursday night.

Less than 300 days ago, Ranieri was lifting the Premier League trophy in an improbable end to an seemingly impossible season. Now the club will look to replace the FIFA Coach of the Year with just 13 games remaining and one point away from dropping into the relegation zone. Said Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha: "This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City. But we are duty-bound to put the Club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be...But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games."
Feb 23 - 3:37 PM

Jamie Vardy's scored a vital away goal to give Leicester City a chance at qualifying for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, despite a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla on Wednesday night.

Claudio Ranieri's side managed just 33 percent of possession and two shots on target at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, but keep their UEFA Champions League hopes alive thanks to Jamie Vardy. Despite a two-goal deficit with 17 minutes to go, Vardy showed his class as he finished a low cross from Daniel Drinkwater to secure the all-important away goal. The goal has given Leicester a lifeline going into the return leg and ended Vardy's nine-match drought ahead of Monday's pivotal Premier League fixture against Liverpool. While last season's top scorer has scored just five league goals in 22 appearances this season, he did score a brace when Liverpool traveled to the King Power Stadium last campaign.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Feb 23 - 2:55 PM

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


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