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Shinji Okazaki | Forward | #20

Team: Leicester City
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/16/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 154

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Leicester City will be without striker Shinji Okazaki for Saturday's clash with Wolverhampton at King Power Stadium.
The Japan international did not make the match-day squad for the season opener at Manchester United and, due to fitness issues, won't be available for the clash with Wolves. "Okazaki is not match fit," Puel said on Thursday. "We will see if he can come back in the under-23s' next game on Monday. We will see if it's possible. He needs game-time and to come back step-by-step." Okazaki's absence isn't a significant concern this week with Jamie Vardy in line to return to the starting XI. Kelechi Iheanacho, who led the line at Old Trafford, will either partner with Vardy or start from the bench. Aug 16 - 3:37 PM

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Shinji Okazaki and Kasper Schmeichel will be assessed ahead of game with Southampton.

The pair picked up injuries during the 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor last weekend and face a race against time to make Thursday night’s contest. Okazaki was replaced at the break because of an ankle injury, and if he fails to recover, then Claude Puel may look to Kelechi Iheanacho who could come in for only his fourth league start of the season. However, the loss of ever-present Schmeichel will be of cause of greater concern, with Ben Hamer and Eldin Jakupović on standby: "We will see tomorrow [Wednesday]. For the moment, he cannot train with us." Matty James [Achilles] and Vicente Iborra [hamstring] will miss the run-in but midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is back in contention after completing his two-match suspension. Daniel Amartey re-joined the first team on the training pitches today "but it is not enough time to be available," the Leicester boss revealed during his pre-match press conference.
Apr 17 - 5:00 PM

Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki is available for Saturday's match at West Brom after recovering from a knee problem.

Leicester had hoped to have Okazaki back last week, but the striker was unable to pass a late fitness test ahead the match against Bournemouth. However, the 31-year-old is set to return to the squad for this weekend's trip to West Brom, according to manager Claude Puel. "Daniel Amartey will be injured," Puel revealed, before providing an update on Okazaki. "Other players, like Shinji, are available and fit to come back into the squad." Okazaki has been a regular when fit, meaning he could return to the starting XI despite missing the last four matches in all competitions.
Mar 8 - 6:02 PM

Shinji Okazaki could return to the squad for Leicester City's match against Bournemouth at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Japan international returned to training this week after missing the last three matches due a knee injury and his fitness will be assessed ahead of Saturday's home game. "We will see tomorrow if he can come into the [matchday] squad for the next game or not," manager Claude Puel said. "I will see if he is match fit or not." Okazaki's absence has coincided with Leicester's dip in form and struggles in the final third, scoring just three goals in three leagues matches without him. Should Okazaki be fit enough for selection, Puel could use a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1. Alternatively, Kelechi Iheanacho could be handed a start if Okazaki is named to the bench.
Mar 1 - 1:01 PM

Leicester City are all of the sudden lacking striking options after the news that Shinji Okazaki could miss up to two weeks with a knee injury.

Manager Claude Puel confirmed that the Japan international sustained a minor knee knock and will definitely miss the trip to face Manchester City at the Etihad. "[There has been a] little injury with Okazaki, he will not be available," Puel said on Thursday. "He received a kick on his knee and I think he won’t be available for two weeks." Leicester still have Jamie Vardy and normally play with just one forward, but the absence of Riyad Mahrez saw them use two up top at the weekend. The injury to Okazaki means Kelechi Iheanacho could retain his place when the Foxes face his former club on Saturday, while Fousseni Diabate or Demarai Gray could start on the left wing.
Feb 8 - 2:36 PM

Shinji Okazaki returned to the starting XI and scored a brace as Leicester City cruised to a 4-1 win over Southampton.

Leicester City manager Claude Puel, who was sacked by Southampton in June, enjoyed a comfortable return to face his former club at the St. Mary's Stadium. Leicester took an early lead when Riyad Mahrez danced inside from the left and powered a low strike into the bottom corner of the net. Okazaki added the second on 32 minutes, finishing from close range after a scramble in the box, before Andy King tapped home a low cross from Harry Maguire to extend the lead six minutes later. The Saints pulled one back through Maya Yoshida in the 61st, but all hopes of a comeback were quashed when Okazaki completed his double with a brilliant run and first-time finish. The Foxes, who remain eighth in the table, have now won four straight league matches and are unbeaten in five.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 05:25:00 PM

Leicester City overcame the absence of Jamie Vardy and a torrid first-half performance as they beat Liverpool 2-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

It was true game of two halves for Craig Shakespeare's side. Liverpool dominated the opening 45 minutes, creating chance after change, but were unable to put the ball in the back of the net. Having kept the match level despite conceding 18 shots in the first period, the tide turn with the second half introduction of Shinji Okazaki. The Japan international gave the Foxes the lead in the 66th minute before Islam Slimani sent the King Power Stadium into a frenzy with a stunning strike from the substitute's pass. While the result sends Leicester into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup for the first time since 2010, the two sides will meet again on Saturday in the Premier League.
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 06:43:00 PM

Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki scored his 50th goal for Japan in a 4-0 2018 World Cup qualification victory over Thailand on Tuesday.

Okazaki concluded Leicester City's international representation on Tuesday in fine fashion. The 30-year-old celebrated his 108th international appearance with a diving header midway through the first-half to become just third Blue Samuari to score 50 goals international goals. Okazaki is the 55th male player to hit the half-century of international goals but is one of only nine active internationals on the list, including Cristiano Ronaldo (70), Lionel Messi (58), Wayne Rooney (53) and Neymar (51).
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 03:32:00 PM

Leicester City is in serious danger of becoming a relegation candidate following a 2-1 loss to Sunderland.

After last season's magical run to the Premier League title, things have gotten all too real for Leicester City, who sits just two points out of the bottom three in 15th place with the danger of dropping to 17th by the end of the matchweek. The Foxes road trip to the Northeast started off poorly with the club facing a 2-0 deficit with less than 15 minutes remaining. The scoring began in the 64th minute when Robert Huth turned the ball into the back of his own net while Jermain Defoe adding one shortly thereafter, which made Shinji Okazaki's 80th-minute goal nothing but a consolation.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 12:35:00 PM

Leicester City kept its five-point lead atop the the Premier League table with a 1-0 victory against Newcastle on Monday night thanks to Shinji Okazaki.

Okazaki picked the most opportune time to score his first goal at the King Power Stadium since arriving from Mainz in the summer—he has scored four away goals this season. The Japanese international's goal will surely run over and over in the season's highlight reel as Okazaki set the home crowd alight with his bicycle-kick in the 25th minute that served as the game-winner. After the ball bounced around the penalty area, Jamie Vardy headed the chance to Okazaki, who with his back to goal, powered it in from 10 yards away. The win gives the Foxes an 11-point lead over third-place Arsenal, essentially ensuring them of a Champions League berth.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 05:58:00 PM

The Foxes rested Riyad Mahrez and others bur still earned a draw and will feel like they should have won at White Hart Lane.

Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton, and the entire starting defense was rested from the start and yet Leicester City survived their trip to White Hart Lane. Albrighton came in late and N'Golo Kanté played the first half. Claudio Ranieri was essentially saying he was ok going out of the competition but his reserves stepped up with Shinji Okazaki Okazaki's goal particularly impressive.
Sun, Jan 10, 2016 02:00:00 PM

Shinji Okazaki has been losing playing time as Claudio Ranieri tinkers with his squad.

Shinji Okazaki hasn't played more than 64 minutes in either of Leicester City's last three matches as he's been replaced by Leonardo Ulloa twice. He also replaced Riyad Mahrez at halftime against Bournemouth. The only striker to own at Leicester right now is Jamie Vardy and Okazaki can be left on the bench in most formats.
Source: BBC
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 08:06:00 PM

Shinji Okazaki was great once again for Leicester City, who won 2-1 against West Ham on Saturday.

Okazaki was good in week one and was unlucky not to score, but he made up for it by opening the scoring on Saturday. Okazaki finished a cross by Vardy in the first half and proved his height won't be a problem in the Premier League. The Japanese striker has played well by leading the line for the Foxes and should continue getting the start going forward, especially if Leicester continue looking great in attack.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 11:45:00 AM

Shinji Okazaki was unlucky not to score in Leicester City's opener against Sunderland.

Okazaki missed great chances on three or four occasions but what most will see is how good he was during the remainder of the match. He held the ball up well and had great touches on the ball when given the chance. Leicester have some great goal scorers in Jamie Vardy and Leandro Ulloa and Okazaki will be able to play next to both of them. He will have upside with both goals and assists and he finds ways to earn points even without scoring. He should have a better fantasy game against West Ham next weekend.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 05:38:00 PM

Leicester City have introduced new signing Shinji Okazaki at King Power Stadium.

Okazaki is Leicester's newest signing and one that brought a number of Japanese media to the press conference. The Premier League is growing quickly in Japan and the striker spoke of his excitement to represent his country in the world's biggest league. The 29-year-old striker has 43 goals in 93 appearances for Japan as well as 27 goals in 65 appearances for FSV Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga. The striker comes to Leicester for a fee of around £7m and will be expected to partner Jamie Vardy up front. His 1.8 shots per game and 2.4 fouls drawn per game will be great in fantasy formats that award points for those stats. Use him in the right format.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 07:44:00 PM