Player News - Leicester City

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Jamie Vardy will look to end his nine-match goal draught when Leicester City travel to Sunderland on Saturday.

Vardy, who hasn't scored for Leicester since September, should have multiple chances to end his goal drought come Saturday's must-win away fixture. Vardy has struggled to find the net this season, as he's scored just two goals through 11 league matches this campaign--the striker had 11 goals at this point last season. The English international will look to bounce back against Sunderland after he failed to register a shot on target in a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough last weekend.
Dec 2 - 3:58 PM

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri expressed hope that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will be fit before the Boxing Day fixtures.

The Danish international has missed the last four weeks with a broken hand sustained in Champions League against FC Copenhagen and is now the only injured first-team player following the return of Papy Mendy and Ben Chilwell this week. But Ranieri will have to continue without Schmeichel for the next few weeks with Ron-Robert Zieler in goal. "He is working normal in the training session separately, but he’s okay. His return depends on him. I hope before Christmas Day he’s ready – that depends on him and the surgery. The fitness is getting better."
Dec 2 - 7:15 AM

Claudio Ranieri has revealed that left back Ben Chilwell will be fit for Saturday's trip to Sunderland.

Chilwell, alongside Namplays Mendy, trained well all week ahead of the Foxes' trip to Sunderland this weekend, according to Ranieri. " [Namplays] Mendy, Ben Chilwell and everybody else have come back to the first team and they have trained all week. They are available," Ranieri told the media on Thursday. "Of course they haven’t played 90 minutes, but they’re okay." While Chilwell will be available for selection, the 19-year-old has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Dec 1 - 9:06 PM

Claudio Ranieri revealed on Thursday that Nampalys Mendy is making good progress, as the midfielder continues his rehab from an ankle problem.

Mendy picked up an injury during his debut for the Foxes in August and has not played since. However, Ranieri said that the midfielder trained well all week and is very close to making his return. On Mendy's return, Ranieri said: "He made all the training sessions pain free this week. That is good. He lacks stamina because it’s not possible 90 minutes, but he’s getting better. Then, I’ll decide which players come with me in the first XI and the bench." The Italian manager also provided an update on goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel who remains sidelined, due to a broken hand, but hopes could make his return this month. "Only Kasper [is out]," added Ranieri. "His return depends on him. I hope before Christmas Day he’s ready – that depends on him and the surgery. The fitness is getting better."
Source: www.lcfc.com
Dec 1 - 8:48 PM

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award for 2016.

Vardy was named on a 16-person shortlist for the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award after a stellar 2016. The 29-year-old scored 24 league goals on the Foxes run to lift the Premier League title and helped them reach the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League in their inaugural campaign, while also representing England at the 2016 European Championship. Vardy's nomination seems very deserved, with consideration to his storybook journey from non-league football to winning both the 2015/16 Premier League and Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association. The award ceremony will take place on Sunday 18 December.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Nov 28 - 4:23 PM

Premier League Champions Leicester City nabbed a last minute penalty to seal an undeserved victory at the King Power Stadium.

Middlesbrough were the architects of their own downfall as they conceded two penalties to leave the Foxes back into the tie. 'Boro opened the scoring early on as under-pressure striker Alvaro Negredo scored from just beyond the penalty spot with a cool finish after Ramirez drove in a low cross. However, Leicester got back into the game for the first time as Calum Chambers handled in the area. Mahrez didn't hesitate in converting the penalty. A world class left-footed finish from Negredo after a Foreshaw ball over the top looked to have won the game for Middlesbrough but Slimani was on hand to convert a last second penalty following a moment of inexperience from De Roon after he fouled Foxes' captain Wes Morgan.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 26 - 12:07 PM

Danny Drinkwater is facing the prospect of a three-match ban after the Football Association decided to charge the Leicester midfielder with violent conduct.

Drinkwater was involved in an altercation with Watford’s Valon Behrami during the second half of Saturday's defeat at Vicarage Road which was missed by referee Neil Swarbrick. However, video footage released after the game clearly shows Drinkwater elbowing his opponent, and after referring the evidence to an independent review panel, the player has been charged. Leicester have until 6pm GMT Wednesday to rebuke the claim, which carries a mandatory three-game suspension, meaning he would miss the upcoming Premier League fixtures against Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Manchester City. With no current return date for Nampalys Mendy, Claudio Ranieri could look to Andy King to help fill the void. Drinkwater has featured in every game this season, playing all but 11 minutes and would miss his first match since May.
Source: The FA
Nov 23 - 7:35 AM

Leicester City punched their ticket to the UEFA Champions League knockout stages with Tuesday's 2-1 win over Club Brugge.

It was nervy finish at the King Power Stadium but Shinji Okazaki's first-half strike and a Riyad Mahrez spot kick proved enough to punch Leicester's ticket into the knockout stages, advancing as the winners of Group G. The Foxes needed just five minutes to take the lead, after a clinical counter-attack was finished with class by Okazaki. Leicester continued to push and doubled their lead 25 minutes later through Mahrez, who converted a penalty after Marc Albrighton was brought down in the box. Mahrez's goal, his fourth in five UCL appearances, sealed City's fifth straight European win and could be the spark needed to jumpstart their domestic form. Leicester will look to end a two-match league losing streak when they face Middlesbrough at home on Saturday.
Source: ESPN FC
Nov 22 - 9:33 PM

Leicester City will be without striker Islam Slimani when they face Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

Islam Slimani picked up a minor groin injury prior to Saturday's 2-1 Premier League defeat to Watford and as a result was sidelined for the match. Claudio Ranieri had hoped the striker would be fit for Leicester's fifth Group G fixture, but the Foxes boss revealed on Monday that Slimani won't be available for their clash at the King Power Stadium. "Slimani is not ready yet, but everyone else is," Ranieri told the media on Monday during his pre-match press conference. "He’s not 50/50, he is out." Slimani will likely be replaced by Shinji Okazaki or Ahmed Musa in the starting XI, with Premier League winners in need of just a single point to book their place in the round of 16.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Nov 21 - 2:36 PM

Forward Islam Slimani is in a race against time to be fit for Leicester City's UEFA Champions League match with Club Brugge on Tuesday.

Slimani did not feature in Leicester's Premier League defeat at Watford this past weekend with a calf strain and Claudio Ranieri will be hoping the 28-year-old is ready for their UCL clash at the King Power Stadium. Slimani has scored four goals across all competitions since joining Leicester, with his potential absence meaning Ranieri would likely deploy Shinji Okazaki alongside Jamie Vardy. Leicester are also expected to be without forward Leonardo Ulloa (back), while Kasper Schmeichel (fractured hand) and Nampalys Mendy (ankle) remain long-term absentees.
Source: The Sun
Nov 20 - 8:23 PM

The Premier League champions Leicester City suffered their sixth lose of the season with a 2-1 defeat by Watford at Vicarage Road.

Leicester were forced to chase the match after conceding just 33 seconds in, and then again on 12 minutes. While the Foxes were able to pull one back, thanks to a penalty earned by Jamie Vardy and converted by Riyad Mahrez, it was not enough to mount a comeback. Leicester, who won the title last season thanks to an excellent defense, have already lost twice as many games as they did in 2015-16. Mahrez and the Foxes now face a short turn around with a midweek UCL match against Club Brugge ahead of their Week 13 fixture against Middlesbrough. The match is a must-win for Leicester as they sit on just 12 points, which puts them 14th in the table.
Source: ESPN FC
Nov 19 - 1:12 PM

Jamie Vardy scored to help England to a 2-2 friendly draw with Spain on Tuesday.

The Foxes' No.9 started the fixture after he featured as a late substitute during England's 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Scotland on Friday. Vardy made an immediate impact, winning a penalty which Adam Lallana converted just nine minutes into the match, before heading home his fifth goal for England in the 48th minute. However, England were denied a victory by a pair of late strikes by Iago Aspas and Isco. Vardy's will look to end his seven-match Premier League scoring drought when Leicester tackle Watford this Saturday at home.
Source: www.lcfc.com
Nov 16 - 3:05 PM

Reports in England suggest Leicester City is holding out for £10 million this winter for forward Leonardo Ulloa.

The rumor comes just days after reports circulated of interested in the Argentine forward from David Moyes and Sunderland as well as Swansea City. Ulloa hasn't seen much playing time this season, coming on as a second-half substitute in seven games this season but never playing more than 25 minutes. However, this hasn't stopped the Foxes from demanding a profit on the £8 million they paid Brighton in the summer of 2014 for a forward who has fallen behind Jamie Vardy, Islam Slimani, Shinji Okazaki and Ahmed Musa this season.
Source: Telegraph
Nov 16 - 8:00 AM

Swansea City and Sunderland have reportedly inquired about Leicester City forward Leonard Ulloa.

Ulloa has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of summer signings Islam Slimani and Ahmed Musa, and is also behind Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki. The 30-year-old, who signed from Brighton in the summer of 2014 and has yet to start a game for the Foxes this season, was linked with a move away to Swansea during the summer window. And according to reports interest for Ulloa has spiked again, with Sunderland and Swansea preparing to bid for the forward when the January transfer window opens.
Nov 13 - 5:24 PM

Leicester City star and 2015-16 PFA Player of the Year award-winner Riyad Mahrez has been nominated for the BBC African Football of the Year.

Mahrez's nomination is anything but a surprise after the winger scored 17 goals last season to help Leicester win the Premier League title. Further validation for the Algerian international can be linked to his three goals for the Foxes on their maiden UEFA Champions League campaign, which has helped put them on top of Group D with just two matches to play. Mahrez is joined on the 2016 five-man shortlist by Manchester City's Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast), West Ham United attacker Andre Ayew (Ghana), Liverpool's Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon).
Source: www.lcfc.com
Nov 13 - 5:13 PM


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