Player News - Leicester City

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Leicester City striker Islam Slimani returned to training on Thursday and could feature against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Algerian international has been recovering from a groin strain, which forced him to miss the last two league matches, and appears to have a chance of returning against the Baggies this weekend. However, despite scoring in consecutive appearances prior to suffering the injury, Slimani is unlikely to start as he's been out of action for three weeks. If Slimani does make the squad chances are he will feature off the bench, in relief of either Shinji Okazaki or Jamir Vardy. On Slimani's availability, Shakespeare said: "Slimani trained yesterday [Thursday]. If there is no adverse reaction, I think he may be ready to train with the group today. We’ll assess him after training."
Apr 28 - 10:58 AM

Craig Shakespeare has revealed that Wes Morgan is "touch and go" to be fit for Leicester City’s trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Morgan's return would be a nice boost to Leicester City's backline, although Yohan Benalouane has proved a reliable stand-in alongside Robert Huth in central defense the last six Premier League matches. The City skipper missed the trip to Arsenal on Wednesday but trained this week and will be assessed on Saturday morning ahead of the clash at The Hawthorns. "He’ll be touch and go," Shakespeare told the media on Friday morning. "He has trained outside but not fully with the squad yet. I’m hoping, if he trains today, he’ll be in with a late shout tomorrow. I won’t put him at risk but, knowing his character, he’ll want to play when he’s 100 per cent." If Morgan is fit chances are he'll start, but an omission would see Benalouane continue in the starting XI.
Apr 28 - 10:29 AM

Robert Huth couldn't get out of the way of Nacho Monreal's shot and the deflection, ruled an own goal, ended up as the only goal of the match.

Leicester City have one point to show for their four matches against the Gunners since the start of last season. Arsenal were the only club to beat the Foxes twice last season as Claudio Ranieri's boys shocked the world. Fast forward a year and it looked like it was going to be two nil-nil draws this season as Craig Shakespeare's edition of the Foxes were well on their way to authoring a valiant holding action in the face of dominant Arsenal possession. It was not to be as Robert Huth inadvertently steered Nacho Monreal's shot, which was headed well wide, into the net in the 86th minute.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 26 - 4:51 PM

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has confirmed Wes Morgan and Islam Slimani will both miss Wednesday's game against Arsenal.

Morgan limped off in last week's 1-1 Champions League quarter-final draw with Atletico Madrid, with what Shakespeare had hoped just a cramp. However, the manager revealed in his pre-match press conference on Monday, the problem will force the center-back to miss the clash at the Emirates Stadium. On Morgan's injury, Shakespeare said: "The first impression was it was cramp. He’s overstretched his hamstring, but it hasn’t gone into a full-blown pull yet. We’re hoping that it’s a precaution on Wednesday and we’ll then look towards Saturday." Meanwhile, Islam Slimani will also miss out on the trip to Arsenal with a groin strain. "He [Slimani] hasn’t been on the pitch yet but we’re hoping to speed that recovery up and get him out this week," Shakespeare added.
Apr 24 - 3:38 PM

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has confirmed that Nampalys Mendy will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on his ankle.

Mendy has not played since the 1-0 defeat to Millwall in the the 5th round of the FA Cup in mid-February and will now miss the rest of the term after having an ankle operation to resolve his long-term ankle problem. The French defensive midfielder, a £13million signing from Nice last summer, was limited to just eight appearances in all competitions after injuring his ankle on his Premier League debut against Arsenal back in September. The prolonged absence of Mendy should see Wilfried Ndidi hold a firm place in the starting XI for the rest of the campaign, with Andy King also seeing an increase in minutes. "Unfortunately Papy Mendy had to have an ankle operation in France," Shakespeare said on Monday. "He’s going to be back with us doing his rehab. He had a floating bone in there that needed looking after and he’s out now until the end of the season."
Apr 24 - 3:20 PM

Leicester City's debut campaign in the Champions League has come to an end as Atlético Madrid advanced 2-1 on aggregate with a 1-1 second-leg draw on Tuesday.

Leicester fought till the final whistle, but their second-half push was too little, too late, as a first-half header by Saul proved enough for Atlético Madrid to advance to the Champions League semifinals. The visitors found the all-important goal off a counter attack in the 26th minute, with an unmarked Saul heading a Filipe Luiz cross back across the mouth off goal and out of the reach of Kasper Schmeichel. After a frustrating first-half, the Foxes found their form. Craig Shakespeare introduced Ben Chilwell and a formation shift at the half, and the alteration paid off in the 62nd minute when a blocked shot by Chilwell fell to Jamie Vardy - who hammered the rebound home to equalize the match scoreline. While the goal ignited the Foxes to attack throughout the remainder of the match, they were unable to further unlock Atlético's tenacious defensive. Leicester will now shift their attention solely to the Premier League, and their clash with Arsenal in eight days time.
Source: ESPN FC
Apr 18 - 5:44 PM

Leicester City are hopeful that Wes Morgan will be fit to feature in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

After missing over a month due to a nerve problem in his back, Morgan appears to be on the cusp of making his return for the Foxes. Craig Shakespeare says he has been pleased with the center-back's progress over the last few days, having missed sat out the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace but trained the last three training sessions. "The final decision will be made tomorrow (Tuesday)," said Shakespeare of Morgan’s potential involvement. "I need to see if there’s any reaction from today (Monday’s training session)." The return of Morgan would be a crucial boost, as Leicester will be without Robert Huth due to yellow card accumulation. Yohan Benalouane is expected to start in place of Huth, while Marcin Wasilewski could receive a rare start if Morgan is unable to pass a late fitness test.

Leicester City could be without striker Islam Slimani for Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal second-leg with Atletico Madrid.

Slimani suffered a groin injury in training at the end of last week, which forced him to miss the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, and will need to pass a late fitness test ahead of the clash at the King Power Stadium. Leonardo Ulloa, who started at the weekend, would likely feature off the bench if Slimani is unavailable. Meanwhile, Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki are expected to start.
Source: The Guardian
Apr 17 - 4:40 PM

It was a sub-par afternoon for Leicester City as they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Boss Craig Shakespeare decided not to rest the majority of his first-team before Tuesday's Champions League second-leg against Atletico Madrid, which until the latter stages of the match, appeared to be a wise move. The Foxes hopped out to an early lead on six minutes when Robert Huth rose to head home Christian Fuchs' long throw, while Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy combine to make it 2-0 just seven minutes after the restart. However, Crystal Palace came charging back as Yohan Cabaye struck two minutes later and Christian Benteke powered home a cross on 70 minutes. Should the Foxes fail to overcome Madrid in three days time, questions will be asked of Shakespeare's decision to not rotate his squad.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 15 - 2:31 PM

Craig Shakespeare confirms center-back Wes Morgan won't feature against Crystal Palace this weekend, but is still "50-50" for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.

The Foxes skipper trained on Thursday but will miss out on this weekend's trip to Selhurst Park due to an ongoing nerve problem in his back. "Wes trained yesterday (Thursday), not all with the squad, but I’ve said before that he’ll still be 50-50 for Atlético Madrid," Shakespeare said. "We’ll give Wes every opportunity between now and Tuesday to be fit, but if he’s not ready, we won’t take a gamble." The City manager added that midfielder Daniel Amartey could play at center-back alongside Yohan Benalouane on Saturday with Robert Huth suspended for the second-leg of the quarterfinal. Shakespeare said: "If I think playing Amartey at centre-back is the right thing to do, then I will."

Leicester City return to the King Power Stadium down but not out after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinal first-leg on Wednesday.

The Foxes hoped for a better result, but in truth, the final score accurately reflected the match. Madrid wasted no time putting the visitors under pressure and enjoyed all of the attacking chances at the Vicente Calderon, as Leicester were pinned back and unable to threaten going forward. Following a plethora of early chances, Alti deservedly found the breakthrough when Antoine Griezmann converted a controversial penalty after Marc Albrighton was judged to have brought the striker down in the box--despite the foul having been committed on the edge of the area. The second-half again saw Alti on the front foot but Leicester showed drastic improvement, with a valiant defensive display to keep their European aspirations alive. While the Foxes return home with a favorable aggregate score, the club will be without Robert Huth through a yellow card ban.
Source: ESPN FC
Apr 12 - 6:14 PM

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare confirmed that Wes Morgan will not feature in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League quarterfinal tie with Atletico Madrid.

As expected, Morgan will not take part in the historic first-leg tie at the Vincente Calderon Stadium. Morgan has missed the last four matches with a back injury, and Yohan Benalouance is expected to continue starting at center-back alongside Robert Huth. Speaking on Morgan, Shakespeare said: "There’s no chance [he’ll play]. He’s here and he travelled with the team, but he’ll take no part in the game."
Apr 11 - 4:56 PM

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare expects crucial midfielder Wilfred Ndidi to be fit for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final tie with Atletico Madrid.

Shakespeare rested Ndidi in their 4-2 away defeat to Everton on Sunday as a precaution due to a tight groin, in anticipation of Leicester's away leg in Madrid. While the 20-year-old will still need to pass a late fitness test prior to the clash at the Estadio Vicente Calderón, he took part in full training on Tuesday. Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Shakespeare said: "Wilfred [Ndidi] is fine. He trained partly yesterday and he’ll take part in the whole session today. Hopefully he’ll come through that okay, which is what we’re expecting." If Ndidi is however unable to play, then Andy King will start in the middle park alongside Daniel Drinkwater. Meanwhile, long-term absentees Wes Morgan [back] and Nampalys Mendy [ankle] won't be available.

Leicester City's Craig Shakespeare-led revival came to a crashing halt as the Foxes fell 4-2 to Everton.

It started about as poorly as a match can start with Tom Davies scoring for the home side in the first minute. Islam Slimani equalized three minutes later and Marc Albrighton gave them a lead but it was all down hill from there as Everton scored three straight to put the match out of reach.
Source: Espnfc.com
Apr 9 - 1:22 PM

Wes Morgan and Namplays Mendy will miss Sunday's Premier League clash with Everton at Goodison Park.

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare confirmed on Friday at Morgan is still not recovering from a minor back problem, while Mendy continues to struggle with ankle problem that has kept him out since February. "It would be a lot to ask him (Morgan) to come back for a game of that magnitude," Shakespeare said, "I’d want him to do a few days training first and at the moment that looks highly unlikely." With neither given a time frame to return, and Mendy slated to see another specialist next week, it's likely both will miss Wednesday's UEFA Champions League tie at Atletico Madrid. As a result, Yohan Benalouane and Wilfred Ndidi will continue deputize for Morgan and Mendy.


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