Player News - Leicester City

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Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell made his first start for England's senior team in a draw 0-0 with Croatia in the UEFA Nations League on Friday.

Gareth Southgate promoted Chilwell from the under-21 squad following the withdrawal of Manchester United left-ball Luke Shaw earlier this week and promptly handed the youngster his full debut. Playing alongside club teammate Harry Maguire in a back four, Chilwell enjoyed an impressive 90-minute shift in a goalless draw with their 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-Final opponents behind closed doors at Stadion HNK Rijeka. "I'm particularly pleased with Ben Chilwell I thought that was a super debut," said Southgate after the match. "He was patient; he made good interceptions, his use of the ball was very composed, he got forward well." With Danny Rose struggling due to a groin problem, Chilwell could get another start when the Three Lions face Spain in Seville on Monday.
Oct 13 - 1:52 PM

Wes Morgan faces a two-match ban after being sent off for the second time this season in Saturday's match against Everton.

The Leicester City captain was booked twice for two challenges on Everton striker Richarlison in the 2-1 defeat and dismissed just three weeks after he was sent off for a pair of bookings at Bournemouth. Morgan will now miss matches against Arsenal (GW9) and West Ham (GW10) before being eligible to return November 3 against Cardiff City. Jonny Evans is expected to deputise for the duration of Morgan's absence, while summer signing Caglar Soyuncu will likely be on the bench.
Oct 8 - 11:44 AM

Leicester City fell short in more ways than when in a 2-1 loss to Everton at the King Power Stadium.

After conceding early with a seventh minute goal from Richarlison, Leicester fought back for an equalizing goal in the 40th minute. Following an Everton corner, the Foxes rumbled down the pitch on a counter attack. Kelechi Iheanacho smartly held up play before finding a streaking Ricardo Pereira down the left wing. The left-back made a weaving run and beat Jonjoe Kenny before smashing his chance past Jordan Pickford for his first Premier League goal. But Wes Morgan's second yellow depleted Leicester's forces and led to Everton's winner in the 77th.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 6 - 12:25 PM

Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire provided the goals as Leicester City won 2-0 at Newcastle on Saturday.

In a match controlled by Leicester, Vardy broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 30th minute after DeAndre Yedlin handled a Maguire shot. James Maddison was once again a threat through the middle and extended his run of four matches with either a goal or an assist when the Foxes doubled their lead. On 73 minutes, Maguire made it 2-0 with a powerful header from Maddison’s pin-point corner. The victory moves Leicester into seventh with 12 points, while winless Newcastle sits in 18th with just two points.
Sep 29 - 2:33 PM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel soothed fears that Demarai Gray would be facing a long injury layoff.

Gray was stretchered off and treated with oxygen in a scary incident in the second half of a win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Cup on Tuesday, but scans confirmed that the winger's suffered a ligament sprain and not a broken ankle, meaning his layoff will be closer to a month rather than months. Said Claude Puel: "We will see if he can come back quicker. He needs rest and rehab. Probably three weeks minimum."
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 27 - 3:22 PM

Demarai Gray will have a scan on his left ankle after being stretchered off with oxygen during Leicester City's Carabao Cup win over Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

The England under-21 international required oxygen after suffering a nasty-looking injury when he caught his left leg under his body as he made a challenge in added time. Leicester boss Claude Puel confirmed in his post-match press conference that Gray will undergo a scan tomorrow to discover the full extent of the injury. Marc Albrighton could come into the starting XI against Newcastle this weekend with Gray potentially facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Sep 25 - 6:41 PM

Leicester City came from behind to beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 thanks to goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, James Maddison and Jamie Vardy.

Huddersfield Town jumped out to an early lead when Mathias Zanka poked home from close range after just five minutes. The rest of the match, though, belonged to Leicester. The Foxes levelled with a textbook counter-attacking goal from Iheanacho in the 19th minute and dominated possession in the second half. James Maddison, who scored in defeat last weekend, put the home side ahead in the 66th minute with an expertly taken free-kick from 25 yards. Jamie Vardy then capped off the scoring in the 75th with his second goal of the season, chipping Jonas Lossl after being sent through by Iheanacho. The victory sees Leicester move up into 10th place in the table, while Huddersfield remains in the relegation zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 22 - 12:18 PM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has suggested that Jonny Evans is likely to deputise for the suspended Wes Morgan against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

The Foxes will be without their captain for the visit of David Wagner's side after Morgan was sent off in the 4-2 defeat at Bournemouth last weekend. Puel has both Evans and fellow summer signing Caglar Soyuncu to choose for the clash at the King Power Stadium, but the former is favoured to come into the side. "I am happy with the work of both," Puel said on Thursday. "I think Jonny deserves to play; he is a very experienced player." Leicester is looking to bounce back after being torn up on the counter-attack in the defeat at Bournemouth which leaves them 11th in the table with six points from their first five matches. Marc Albrighton is hoping for a recall following his late consolation strike, but Matty James remains unavailable while he works his way back from an Achilles injury.
Sep 20 - 10:16 PM

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



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