Player News - Leicester City

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The Premier League has been well-represented in a leaked version of FIFA’s World Cup team of the tournament.

Almost half, five, of the starting XI came from sides within the English top-flight, and, as always, the results were the cause of much debate. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris managed to edge out Golden Glove winner [most clean sheets] Thibaut Courtois while two England stars were included, but probably ‘not’ the duo you would have expected to see. Ashley Young scooped the award for best left-back with international team-mate Kieran Trippier earning the honours on the opposite flank. Surprisingly, there was no Harry Maguire as France centre-back Raphael Varane (fair enough) partnered Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren(!), go figure. N’Golo Kante was somehow overlooked following a string of excellent performances with the decidedly average Paulinho chosen in the holding role alongside Player of the Tournament Luka Modric. Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard made up the Premier League contingent for his contribution in helping Belgium secure third-place.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 18 - 1:44 AM

Ahmed Musa has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabian outfit Al Nassr for a hefty fee of £40 million.

The Nigeria international raised his profile at the World Cup, where he scored the match-winning brace against Iceland in the group stages. Despite a strong showing in Russia, Musa seems likely to leave the King Power Stadium having failed to show his potential since signing two summers ago from CSKA Moscow for a fee of around £16 million. The 25-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at CKSA, has made just four appearances for Leicester since Claudio Ranieri was sacked in February 2017.
Jul 16 - 5:06 PM

Jamie Vardy and World Cup sensation Harry Maguire could miss Leicester City’s opening Premier League fixture following their involvement in Russia.

Vardy was nothing more than a bit-part player during the tournament, starting just one game [157 minutes], as Gareth Southgate entrusted captain Harry Kane with England’s goal scoring responsibilities. However, Maguire, came to prominence on the world’s biggest stage following a string of outstanding performances with the centre-back starting every game, bar one, during the tournament. Both players will be given additional time-off to recover from their summer exertions. "It will be difficult to manage all of the international players when they come back because it will be important to find again the good focus and good concentration," manager Claude Puel told LCFC.com. "For some players with England [Vardy and Maguire], perhaps they will come back just 15 days before the beginning of the season, we will see." Leicester kick-off their campaign at Old Trafford as part of Friday night football on August 10.
Jul 15 - 3:56 AM

Jamie Vardy has emerged as an early doubt for the Three Lions World Cup quarter-final clash with Sweden this weekend.

The Leicester striker was meant to help England see out the closing stages of their second-round tie against Colombia when he was introduced as an 88th minute substitute, but a last-gasp equaliser forced the game into extra-time. During the additional half-an-hour, Vardy aggravated a long-standing groin problem which meant the Leicester striker was unable to take a spot kick during the shootout – Eric Dier stepped in to score the winning penalty. Post-match Vardy received an injection and he will be monitored closely during the build-up to Saturday while the likes of Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Kyle Walker also need to be checked. "It's like a scene from M*A*S*H in the dressing room," Gareth Southgate said after the win. "Some just cramp, and some need just a little bit more assessment, so we'll know more over the next 36 hours."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 4 - 6:43 AM

New Leicester City signing James Maddison is "on the verge of coming back" after suffering a knee injury on the final game of the season at Norwich.

The Foxes midfielder was speaking at the launch of the club’s new grey away kit on Sunday: "I had an MCL [knee] injury at the end of last season, but I didn’t need an operation, which was a good sign," he said. "I am on the verge of coming back. It still isn’t quite right at the moment but hopefully I will be back sooner rather than later. I am excited. I can’t wait. I just want to kick a ball because it has been a while." Despite being only 21, Maddison was voted as the 2017-18 Falcon Cranes Player of the Season by Norwich City supporters after scoring 15-goals and providing 8-assists. He also collected numerous league awards which included being named in the EFL and PFA Championship Team of the Seasons and being one of three players nominated for EFL Young Player of the Season.
Jul 2 - 7:47 AM

Ahmed Musa became the first Leicester City player to score at a World Cup by scoring both goals as Nigeria overcame Iceland 2-0 on Friday.

The City attacker, who spent the second half of last season on loan at CSKA Moscow, was the hero of Nigeria's victory over World Cup debutants Iceland. Musa broke the deadlock in the 49th minute with one of the goals of the tournament when he latched onto a Victor Moses cross before performing a skilled flick and volleying it home from 10-yards. The 25-year-old then put the match to bed with his second in the 75th minute, making him Nigeria's top scorer in the World Cup with four. The result means the Super Eagles would qualify for the knockout stage with a victory over Argentina in their final match.
Source: BBC
Jun 22 - 3:37 PM

Leicester City officially announced the signing of Norwich City midfielder James Maddison in a £22 million move that could rise to £24m with add-ons.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder joins Leicester on a five-year contract and becomes manager Claude Puel's third signing of the summer. Maddison arrives at King Power Stadium after a strong 2017/18 season at Norwich during which he scored 15 goals and tallied 11 assists in all competitions and earned a place in the PFA's Championship Team of the Year. In the England U-21 international, a natural no.10, the Foxes hope to have found the new man to operate in support of Jamie Vardy. Said Maddison: "Leicester just seems like the right fit for me. I’ve got a good feel about the Club and I can’t ignore that, in my head and my heart. I felt like this was the right place for me to be, so I’m delighted and can’t wait to get started."
Jun 20 - 4:35 PM

Kasper Schmeichel made his first start in a major international tournament for Denmark as they topped Peru 1-0 in their opening Group C fixture of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

Schmeichel kept a clean sheet as a Yussuf Poulsen's second-half goal was enough for the Danes to take all three points. The Leicester City goalkeeper dodged a nervy moment when Peru's Christian Cueva fired over the bar from a penalty in the 45th minute but made some crucial saves down the stretch to ensure the victory. Schmeichel denied Edison Flores shortly after Poulsen's finish, and then stopped a point-blank effort from Jefferson Farfan with just six minutes remaining. The clean sheet was Schmeichel's five consecutive in international play. Denmark, now second place in Group C behind France, face Australia in their second match on Thursday.
Jun 18 - 12:39 PM

Reports suggest Norwich City playmaker James Maddison has chosen to join Leicester City over Southampton.

After accepting bids in the region of £20m from both clubs, the 21-year-old attacking midfielder appears to have chosen City over the Saints. Maddison is set to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms in the next couple of days. The youngster scored 14 goals and provided eight assists in the Championship last season. Maddison, who also led the Championship in key passes per game last term, will become the third signing of the summer after the arrivals of Ricardo Pereira and Jonny Evans. In short, the move is part of Claude Puel's plan to prepare for life without Riyad Mahrez.
Jun 18 - 10:30 AM

Leicester City have announced the signing of center-back Jonny Evans on a three-year deal from West Brom.

Leicester will pay £3.5m in two installments for the 30-year-old, who returns to the Premier League after his relegation clause was met by the Foxes. The transfer is a sharp piece of business considering Leicester had a £23m bid rejected a year ago by the Baggies. Evans, an experienced defender with 235 Premier League appearances, wore the captains armband for West Brom during their relegation campaign last season. The Northern Ireland international could be a prominent figure in defense for Claude Puel's side next season with Robert Huth set to leave and 34-year-old skipper Wes Morgan expected to play a reduced role.
Jun 8 - 7:14 PM

Jonny Evans is on the verge of a return to the Premier League with Leicester City his likely destination.

Reports suggest the Foxes have triggered a release clause which would see the 30-year-old join for £3.5m, payable over two instalments. Evans had been strongly linked with a move during the January transfer window with Arsenal and Manchester City reportedly ready to shell out almost eight times that for the Northern Ireland international. However, the Baggies held onto their centre-back after former manager Alan Pardew admitted the pair had spoken "candidly" about his future. With Robert Huth set to leave Leicester, Evans is seen as the perfect lost-cost replacement to help bolster Claude Puel’s squad. His transfer is expected to be the first of many at The Hawthorns as Darren Morgan looks to rebuild his squad in preparation for the Championship. Salomon Rondon is attracting interest from Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham while Jay Rodriguez could return to Turf Moor to play under long-term admirer Sean Dyche.
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 6 - 10:47 AM

Leicester City midfielder Wilfried Ndidi is expected to miss Saturdays friendly with England at Wembley Stadium.

It was hoped that the 21-year-old, who has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring strain at Selhurst Park back in April, would be available for the clash on June 02. However, reports from Nigeria suggest Ndidi is still waiting to be given the green light to resume full training despite early assurances that he is recovering quicker than initially feared. "I will say I am good and fine. I am looking forward to the World Cup," he said recently. "We have so many friendly games. We have been preparing so hard not just now, we’ve been preparing for a long time." When asked if he would be ready for Nigeria’s opener against Croatia on June 16, Ndidi replied: "Yes, by God’s grace." Following the departure of N’Golo Kante, Ndidi has stepped up and had a stellar 2017/18. His performances have attracted interest from Liverpool who see him as a potential replacement for Emre Can who is heavily linked with a move to Juventus.
Jun 1 - 5:54 AM

Leicester City have announced the signing of Portugal international defender Ricardo Pereira from FC Porto on a five-year contract.

Pereira’s move to Leicester City, worth a reported £22 million (roughly $30 million), will be completed when the summer transfer window officially opens on 9 June. The arrival of Pereira is Leicester’s first move of the summer to fix the lack of depth at fullback, as the club have had just one out-and-out right-back in Danny Simpson. The 24-year-old made 43 appearances for the Portuguese champions this season, and was named alongside new teammate Adrien Silva in Portugal’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Pereira will be reunited with manager Claude Puel having played under his stewardship during a loan spell at French side Nice in 2015/16. Speaking to LCFC TV, Pereira said: "I feel very happy to be here and I can’t wait to do my best to help the team. The atmosphere, the fans and the football of the Premier League makes it the best in the world. I am here to support the team and to help the Club to achieve its goals."
May 21 - 6:25 PM

Danny Simpson and Aleksandar Dragovic are both doubts ahead of Leicester City's finale against Tottenham on Sunday.

Simpson returned after a groin injury and started at right-back in Wednesday's victory over Arsenal, but limped off after 82 minutes. Given Leicester City's lengthy injury list, Dragovic came on to replace Simpson despite dealing with the pain of a shoulder injury. Speaking to the media on Friday, manager Claude Puel said he will wait until Saturday to decide if Simpson and Dragovic are fit enough for Sunday's visit to Wembley. "Not available through injury is [Robert] Huth, [Daniel] Amartey, [Ben] Chilwell, [Matty] James, [Wilfred] Ndidi and [Shinji] Okazaki, and [Marc] Albrighton is another thing (suspended)," confirmed Puel. "We will see tomorrow with Dragović and Simpson. [Adrien] Silva seems okay, which is good news. "
May 11 - 5:56 PM

Kasper Schmechiel is likely to miss Leicester City's finale against Tottenham as the goalkeeper continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

The Denmark international has missed the last four matches with an ankle injury suffered during a collision in the defeat against Burnley on April 14. Schmeichel will be assessed ahead of the trip to Wembley on Sunday but manager Claude Puel revealed it will be a tough ask for the goalkeeper to be fit in time for the final day of the season. "I think we will see for Schmeichel but I think it will be difficult for Kasper," said Puel in his pre-match fitness update on Friday afternoon. Edlin Jakupovic is poised for another start following his impactful performance in the 3-1 win over Arsenal on Wednesday.
May 11 - 4:41 PM



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