Player News - Leicester City

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Leicester City captain Wes Morgan will miss next weekend's visit of Huddersfield to the King Power Stadium through suspension.

The league-winning centre-back received two yellow cards in a poor personal and team display at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. Jonny Evans will be expected to take the Jamaican's starting place. Given Morgan's form so far this season, he may struggle to regain his place in the first 11.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 15 - 12:06 PM

Rachid Ghezzal scored his first goal as a member of Leicester City, albeit in unorthodox fashion, but it was not enough to overcome a two goal deficit as the Foxes fell to Liverpool, 1-2.

Leicester were always going to find it difficult against Liverpool, as they continue on without their talisman Jamie Vardy. Claude Puel attempted to shake things up by deploying Demarai Gray at center-forward, but the Foxes immediately found themselves in rough shape, conceding inside the opening ten minutes. Midway through the half, Gray got a shot on target, but it was easily saved and that was the extent of their threat. They then coughed up a goal just before the half that would be the decider. Liverpool dominated possession in the second half, but Leicester got a break when they pounced on an error by Alisson which led to James Maddison feeding Ghezzal, who scored on a keeper-less net. Leicester will look to bounce back after the international break as they welcome Vardy back from suspension.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 1 - 9:51 AM

Harry Maguire scored in stoppage time to give Leicester victory over Southampton at St. Mary's on Saturday.

The first half ended goalless though it was the home side who were on top. The pace of Nathan Redmond and Ryan Bertrand was too much for Leicester's Daniel Amartey. Just after the break, it was the left-back who gave the Saints the lead with a driven effort from just outside the box. The Foxes drew level almost instantly though as Demerai Gray was played through by Kelechi Iheanaco. The game looked to petering put as the second half progressed until Hojbjerg was sent off for picking up a second yellow card. Leicester made their superior numbers count and Maguire scored his winner from range late on.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 25 - 12:00 PM

Wilfred Ndidi has put pen to paper on a new six-year contract with Leicester City.

The 21-year-old becomes the second Leicester player to sign a long-term deal at the King Power Stadium after Jamie Vardy penned a new four-year contract earlier this month. Ndidi, who has won Leicester's Young Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, had made 63 appearances for the Foxes since arriving from Gent in January 2017. The Nigeria international was one of the club's top performers last season, completing 138 tackles (most in the Premier League) in his first full term as a Fox. "I’m so happy and comfortable with everyone – the coaches, the players, the staff and the people working here," Ndidi said of signing the new deal. "I’m happy I’m growing here, and I’m really looking forward [to the future].
Aug 21 - 3:35 PM

Jamie Vardy was dismissed on 66 minutes, but Leicester City held on with ten men to record a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton.

Claude Puel made four changes to his side from the opening-day defeat at Old Trafford. Debutante Jonny Evans partnered Harry Maguire in central defence, Nampalys Mendy and Marc Albrighton started in midfield, while Iheanacho made way for Vardy up front. Wolves rung the woodwork twice early, but it was the Foxes who struck first when a cross from Albrighton was inadvertently headed into his own by Matt Doherty on 29 minutes. James Maddison put the home side two goals ahead on the stroke off half-time with a curled, but deflected, strike from the edge of the area. The match took a sour note for Puel side's on 65 minutes when Vardy was sent off for a reckless challenge on Doherty, but Wolves could not capitalise on their man advantage. With Vardy facing a three-match ban, Iheanacho will get another chance to solidify his place in the starting XI.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 18 - 12:49 PM

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

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed Jamie Vardy has a "good chance" of starting Saturday's match against Wolverhampton.

The England international didn't make the starting XI in Leicester City's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United last Friday but still made an impact off the bench, salvaging a goal two minutes into injury time. Vardy was back in full training with the first-team this week though and is well-placed for a start berth when Wolves visit King Power Stadium. "Jamie [Vardy] is training well this week with his teammates, and he is available [for Saturday]," Puel said on Thursday. "He has a good chance to start." The 31-year-old's return could see Puel make a couple of changes to the XI that started last time out. James Maddison put in a solid performance on his debut in the season opener and is unlikely to be dropped, meaning Iheanacho could make way for Vardy up front.
Aug 16 - 2:45 PM

Leicester City’s deadline-day signing Filip Benkovic made his debut for under-23s in their Premier League 2 opener against Swansea City on Monday night.

The Croatia under-21 international joined the Foxes from Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year contract in a move worth a reported £13 million on deadline day. Benkovic made 30 appearances in all competitions for Zagreb last season and helped the club secure the Croatian league and cup double last season. The 6ft 4in defender was handed a prompt debut for the under-23s, completing the full 90 minutes alongside Darnell Johnson at centre-back as the development side kept a clean sheet. On Benkovic's debut, under-23s manager Steve Beagehole said: "Filip, you can see his quality. He’s got great size, he’s comfortable on the ball, good in the air. At times, he was maybe a little bit casual, but he’s just finding his feet, he’s only just come to the club. I’m sure it’ll be a great acquisition."
Aug 14 - 5:30 PM

Caglar Soyuncu became Leciester City's seventh and final signing of the summer window when he completed a £19 million move from Bundesliga side Freiburg on deadline day.

The 22-year-old agreed to personal terms, underwent a medical and put pen to paper on a five-year contract at the King Power Stadium. Leicester announced the deal an hour after the deadline had passed, but the club is understood to have completed the required paperwork on time. While Soyuncu could granted a work permit this week, it is unlikely he will be ready to face Wolverhampton on Saturday. The highly-rated centre-back made 50 appearances in Bundesliga during two seasons at Freiburg while also being capped 16 times for Turkey. The ball-playing centre-back will compete with Filip Benkovic and Wes Morgan to provide depth behind Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans in central defence.
Aug 14 - 5:10 PM

Leicester City struggled to overcome a second-rate, yet still formidable Manchester United in a 2-1 loss on Friday.

The majority of Leicester City’s headlines this week involved Harry Maguire heading to Old Trafford, but as Claude Puel joked, he was only in Manchester for a few hours. Instead, the Foxes struggled to make an effort against Manchester United without Riyad Mahrez. It took a 93rd minute goal from Jamie Vardy, who came of the bench, to salvage a goal against an otherwise strong effort from the hosts. But the new-look Foxes debuted Rachid Ghezzal, Riccardo Pereira and James Maddison in the season opener, which was spoiled by goals from Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 10 - 5:51 PM

Jamie Vardy has been inked to a four-year deal to stay at the King Power Stadium.

While most of the offseason has been centered around filling the Riyad Mahrez sized hole at Leicester, Jamie Vardy has been ready and waiting to lead the line for the Foxes. The 31-year-old is coming off of a season in which he scored 20 goals and will look to hit double-digit goals for the fourth straight year this season.
Aug 9 - 11:02 PM

Leicester City officially announced the signing of AS Monaco winger Richad Ghezzal on a four-year contract.

The 26-year-old has joined the Foxes for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be around £12 million, and becomes the club's fifth signing of the summer. A skilful right-winger who likes to cut inside and take on defenders, Ghezzal will be tasked with sharing the creative load following the departure of Riyad Mahrez. The Algeria international began his career at Lyon and enjoyed his most prolific campaign in 2015/16 when he scored eight goals in 29 Ligue 1 appearances. He moved to Monaco at the start of last season and featured 33 times for the club in 2017-18, supplying two goals and four assists in 26 league appearances. Speaking to LCFC TV, Ghezzal said: "I’m very excited and very happy to be here. I know the coach from Lyon, and this is where I want to be. It’s a good Club and an ambitious one too. Leicester City has many great players, and I hope we will have a great season."
Aug 5 - 4:53 PM

Ahmed Musa has left Leicester City to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr on a permanent deal.

The Nigeria international was the Foxes' record signing when he moved to the King Power Stadium from CSKA Moscow for £16.6m in 2016. However, Musa did not perform well enough to justify his price tag or regular minutes and was loaned back to his old club CSKA for the second half of last season. The 25-year-old scored six goals in 10 Premier Liga appearances for CSKA and rediscovered his form at the World Cup with Nigeria, but it wasn't enough to earn a place in manager Claude Puel's plans for the forthcoming season. Musa, who has signed a four-year contract with Al-Nassr, departs after scoring just five goals in 32 appearances for Leicester.
Aug 3 - 2:10 PM

Leicester could be without Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy for the trip to Old Trafford in game week one.

Manager Claude Puel was speaking after sides 1-1 draw with Valencia and revealed the two England internationals are a major doubt as they will not rejoin the group until Monday: "If we are serious I think they cannot participate in the first game, with just five days training with the team," he said. "They normally need more time, but we will see together with calm. We try to give good game time to work with the team and to make progress with their fitness, and it is important to respect this and to prevent injury." The form of Kelechi Iheanacho since his return could help to soften the blow in attack, two goals in his last two appearances, but with Jonny Evans struggling due to injury, the Foxes have concerns defensively. Captain Wes Morgan is a shoo-in to start at Old Trafford but one potential partner, Yohan Benalouane, was culpable for the last night’s equaliser and looked way off the pace.
Aug 2 - 6:48 AM

Kelechi Iheanacho scored his second goal of pre-season to earn Leicester City a 1-1 draw with La Liga outfit Valencia on Wednesday.

Iheanacho deputised for Jamie Vardy up front with summer signing James Maddison operating in the number 10 role behind him, and the pair combined to produce the opening goal after 11 minutes. Some persistent attacking play from Maddison eventually saw the ball fall to Iheanacho who rifled home from close range. With Vardy is still on leave after his World Cup ventures and not due back in training until four days before the match against Manchester United, Iheanacho could lead the Foxes attack in the season opener at Old Trafford.
Aug 2 - 12:06 AM


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