Player News - Leicester City

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Leicester City has announced the departure of defender Marcin Wasilewski after four years at the club.

The 36-year-old was a key part of the club's title-winning team last season as the first defender off the bench, which lead to a contract extension, but the defender made only one appearance in the Premier League this season. He will now leave the club on a free transfer, four seasons since his move from Anderlecht. Said manager Craig Shakespeare: "Marcin’s been an absolute pleasure to work with over the last four years. The influence he has had and the contribution he has made goes beyond what people see on the pitch. He’s one of the best professionals I’ve ever worked with."
Mon, May 22, 2017 03:49:00 PM

Leicester City came from behind to draw 1-1 with Bournemouth at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester needed to give a performance after their embarrassing defeat to Spurs on Thursday, but instead they started poorly, going behind in the first minute. With Josh King absent, it was Junior Stanislas who stepped up. He finished from close range after Schmeichel saved Mousset's original attempt. Leicester played their way into the game as the first half progressed, but they only got back on level terms after the interval. It was Jamie Vardy who grabbed the equaliser after a knock-down by Slimani. Vardy thought he had his side's second but it was disallowed as he was offside. The Foxes had a few good chances to grab all three points, but failed to convert. Instead, both sides earned a point. Leicester's title defence ended in a 12th position finish, while the Cherries have had their highest PL finish in 10th.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, May 21, 2017 12:16:00 PM

Injuries are beginning to catch-up with Leicester who will be missing at least six players for the visit of Tottenham on Thursday night.

Craig Shakespeare revealed the Foxes have an extensive injury list although Andy King [hamstring] and Robert Huth [foot] could be back for the final game of the season. Wes Morgan "won’t be okay" and the disappointed Leicester manager was reluctant to give any time frame on his return, given that his skipper is already way past his original date: "I’ll leave that to the medical department [but] knowing the character that he is, I know that when he is ready, he’ll be desperate to play." Long-term absentees Molla Wague [shoulder] and Papy Mendy [ankle] won’t be back until pre-season while Danny Drinkwater isn’t expected to recover from a thigh strain until June.
Wed, May 17, 2017 01:25:00 PM

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has seen his excellent season rewarded after being named the club's Player of the Season and Players' Player for 2016/17.

The Danish international scooped the awards after another strong campaign. Schmeichel was instrumental in the Foxes' run to the Champions League quarterfinals, keeping four clean sheets before two stellar penalty saves in the last-16 tie with Sevilla, while posting eight shutouts in 29 Premier League appearances. Speaking to LCFC TV, Schmeichel said: "I'm overwhelmed. I'm very proud because there are a lot of worthy competitors in the team for this award. I'm proud and happy and for me, I won this award the first season I was here, so to win it again is a big honour."
Tue, May 16, 2017 12:04:00 PM

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare says Christian Fuchs could again be drafted in at center-back for Thursday night's home clash with Tottenham after impressing against Manchester City.

The first-choice left-back was moved into the middle at the weekend after regular central partners Wes Morgan and Robert Huth were both ruled out, with teenager Ben Chilwell sliding in at left-back. While the Foxes are waiting to see if either Morgan or Huth can return for the visit of Spurs to the King Power Stadium on Thursday, Shakespeare spoke confidently about the possibility of Fuch remaining at center-back alongside Yohan Benalouane. "It was an unusual partnership but Christian is very experienced," said Shakespeare said after this weekend's 2-1 defeat. "He has played centre half for Austria before. I think he has something like 70 odd caps for Austria and has played there. I thought he showed his experience."
Mon, May 15, 2017 06:16:00 PM

Leicester City nearly erased a two goal deficit, but Riyad Mahrez illegally touched the ball twice on a penalty kick which nullified the goal, leaving the Foxes short as Manchester City held on to a 2-1 win.

In a match where City looked poised to run away with things in the first half, the match was filled with drama. Marc Albrighton was an integral part of the story, building off his recent burst of confidence. After allowing City to score twice, Leicester pulled one back just before halftime when Albrighton sent in a cross that was volleyed home superbly by Shinji Okazaki. The Foxes then got back into the game in the second half, with the moment of the match coming in the 76th minute. Mahrez drew a foul in the box and stepped up to take the penalty chance, but he took a double touch on his shot that went in, and the keeper spotted it, waving the goal off. Meanwhile, Albrighton had a rough second half, twice taking a blow to the face, leaving him with a nasty welt under his right eye. Leicester wrap up their season next weekend when they host Bourenmouth.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, May 13, 2017 09:44:00 AM

Leicester City are facing a defensive crisis ahead of Saturday's trip to Manchester City.

Leicester will be without captain Wes Morgan, who has again been ruled out with a back and hamstring problem, while his ever-present center back partner Robert Huth could also miss out due to a lingering foot injury. Speaking on Huth's availability for this weekend, Shakespeare said on Thursday: "He went for a scan and we are waiting for the results this evening on that. I have to say he is probably a doubt for Saturday." The doubt surrounding Huth means Marcin Wasilewski, who has not played since February, or defensive midfielder Daniel Amartey could be drafted in by Shakespeare to partner Yohan Benalouane in the heart of the defense.
Thu, May 11, 2017 05:16:00 PM

Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater is not expected to play again this season after suffering a hamstring injury during the victory over Watford last weekend.

Drinkwater was replaced by Andy King in the second half of the 3-0 victory at the King Power Stadium after pulling up with a thigh strain that will force him to miss Leicester City's final three matches. Speaking on Drinkwater's availability on Thursday, manager Craig Shakespeare said: "Danny Drinkwater, who came off injured on Saturday has a thigh strain. I don’t expect him to play again this season." Drinkwater, who has played 42 times in all competitions this term, joins long-term absentee Nampalys Mendy (ankle) on the Foxes' injury list. The news means Andy King will likely start in Saturday's match with Manchester City, and hold a place in the starting XI for the rest of the season.
Thu, May 11, 2017 04:42:00 PM

After three-and-a-half seasons at Leicester City, star midfielder Riyad Mahrez is rumored to be on the verge of asking for a move away from the club this summer.

Mahrez was electric last season in Leicester's remarkable title winning campaign but resisted a move during the summer, instead signing a four-year deal worth £100,000 a week. However, the 2015/16 PFA Players' Player of the Year reportedly reached an agreement with former boss Claudio Ranieri that he would be allowed to leave at the end of 2016/17, fueling speculation his time at the King Power Stadium may be coming to an end. Although Mahrez has managed just six goals and three assists in the Premier League this season, there would certainly be a huge market for the Algerian international if made available in the summer window. According to multiple reports, North London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham are believed to be keen on reviving their interest in the 26-year-old.
Tue, May 9, 2017 05:36:00 PM

Leicester City continued their ascension of the Premier League table on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Watford.

Leicester picked up their fifth straight home victory in clinical fashion, and now are just three points off eighth-placed West Brom. The Foxes were the better side at the King Power Stadium, as goals from Wilfried Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton handed caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare his eighth win since taking over for Claudio Ranieri. The reigning champions broke the deadlock on 38 minutes when Ndidi smashed home from 8-yards out after a nifty corner routine. Mahrez, who hit the crossbar just two minutes, would then double their advantage in the 58th minute, while Albrighton put the icing on the cake when he finished off a classic counter attack in stoppage time.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, May 6, 2017 01:50:00 PM

Wes Morgan will miss Saturday's clash with Watford as he struggles to recover from a hamstring injury.

The skipper has missed the last seven Premier League fixtures, with five due to a back problem and the last two after injuring his hamstring in the 1-1 UEFA Champions League draw with Atletico Madrid last month. While ruled out for the clash with Watford, manager Craig Shakespeare says Morgan could be ready for next weekend's trip to Manchester City. "He’s progressed slowly but hasn’t joined in with the squad in terms of a full training session yet," Shakespeare said on Thursday. "He’ll be training fully with us next week and then he’ll be in contention against Manchester City." Meanwhile, fellow center-back Robert Huth, who suffered a knock last weekend against West Brom, will be fully fit to face the Hornets. The absence of Morgan means Yohan Benalouane will continue to partner Huth at the heart of the defense this weekend.
Thu, May 4, 2017 05:23:00 PM

One shot on target, one goal, and three points. It was vintage Leicester City as the Foxes beat West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

One Jamie Vardy shot on target was all it took to give the Foxes all three points at the Hawthorns. Craig Shakespeare's side couldn't produce a second shot on frame so it was a good thing that Kasper Schmeichel repelled all four Albion shots and Vardy was clinical with his. The win should see the Foxes safely through to another season of top flight football.
Source: Espnfc.com
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 01:21:00 PM

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."
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 10:58:00 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.
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 10:29:00 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
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 04:51:00 PM



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