Player News - Leicester City

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Riyad Mahrez, who fell out of favor after a botched attempted move late last month to Manchester City, returned to Leicester City's starting XI today but it was not enough to beat Stoke at home as they needed some help to earn a 1-1 draw.

Mahrez was kept out of the XI for the last three league games, but all water appears under the bridge now, as the former Player of the Year returned to his starting role. He was the only player that looked to offer much of any threat for much of the first half but it would be Stoke that would take the lead just before the break. It was a scrappy affair for much of the afternoon, the kind which looked good for the Potters to pull off the upset, but the Foxes caught a break. In the 70th minute, Marc Albrighton, who had shifted to right back moments earlier, swung a cross in that the Stoke keeper redirected in for an own goal. For the final 20 minutes, the momentum shifted and it was all Leicester. However, they could not find a winner despite several big chances. Two times, the ball hit the post, once from a Mahrez shot, the other from Harry Maguire, who was following up on a another Mahrez attempt. The point moves Leicester up to seventh in the table for the time being.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 24 - 9:42 AM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel faces a selection dilemma at center-back as both Wes Morgan and Aleksandar Dragovic are fit for Saturday's match against Stoke City.

Morgan returned from a hamstring injury and completed the full 90 minutes in last Friday's 1-0 FA Cup Fifth Round victory over Sheffield United following a six-week spell on the sidelines. Morgan was the first-choice partner for Harry Maguire during the first-half of the season, and while he could retain his place this weekend, Dragovic has done well enough to make the decision a tough one. "We have a squad with good competition between players," said Puel. "All this competition pushes the players to bid for their place and it is a good thing." Meanwhile, the absence of Shinji Okazaki (knee) is likely to result in a start for either Fousseni Diabate or Kelechi Iheanacho.
Feb 23 - 6:37 PM

Jamie Vardy scored the lone goal as Leicester City reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United on Friday.

Riyad Mahrez returned to the starting XI and Wes Morgan made his first start since New Year's Day. The Foxes dominated possession and had to work hard to break down a well-organized Sheffield defense. With the match goalless after 65 minutes, Mahrez and Vardy combine to break the deadlock. The Algerian lofted the ball to the back post for Vardy, who looped a cushioned header over Blades goalkeeper Jamal Blackman. Kasper Schmeichel produced a fine save to keep their advantage before Vardy had the ball in the back of the net again, though it was ruled out for offside. The victory sends the Foxes through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 16 - 5:04 PM

Wes Morgan is hoping to make his long-awaited return in the FA Cup fifth-round on Friday evening.

The Leicester skipper pulled up on New Year’s Day following a hamstring tweak and hasn’t featured since. However, having trained fully, Morgan is close to being considered for the clash with Championship outfit Sheffield United. "Perhaps [he] come back in the squad," revealed Claude Puel ahead of the game. Leicester abandoned their usual 4-4-1-1 at The Etihad last weekend in favour of three at the back, but following a 5-1 defeat, due in the main to a Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero masterclass, Puel may be tempted to revert to a more tried and tested back four. The Foxes boast an almost fully fit squad - only Shinji Okazaki is missing after he picked up a knee injury in game week twenty-six. Kelechi Iheanacho will be champing at the bit after his goals helped fire Leicester past Peterborough in the last round, while Fosseni Diabaté will be looking to add to his two-goal cup tally.
Feb 15 - 4:40 AM

Leicester City couldn't figure out the Sergio Aguero problem in a 5-1 loss to league-leading Manchester City.

The Foxes went into halftime with a favorable 1-1 draw, but the next 45 minutes proved the difference after Sergio Aguero scored four goals in the second half. After conceded a goal to Raheem Sterling in just the third minute, Jamie Vardy brought Leicester back in the 24th after new signing Fousseni Diabate played the veteran forward in on goal as Vardy coolly finished to bring the Etihad to a hush. But the second half was all Manchester City, with Aguero opening his account in the 48th minute and closing it in the 90th with a stunning strike that viciously beat Kasper Schmeichel.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 10 - 2:39 PM

Riyad Mahrez is expected to be in the squad to face Manchester City on Saturday after a turbulent week.

On Thursday, Leicester City manager Claude Puel ruled Mahrez out for the weekend trip to Manchester City as the Algerian had yet to train since Deadline Day when a proposed move to the league leaders never took off. But as of Friday, Mahrez had returned to training and was in the traveling squad to Manchester for Saturday."My goals have always been the same and I have always given my full 100 per cent when I play for the club, the fans, and my team-mates," Mahrez said in a statement. "Those goals remain the same today and in the future and, when I am asked to be a part of the Leicester team, rest assured I will continue to give my all."
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 9 - 2:49 PM

Leicester City will be without star midfielder Riyad Mahrez for the club's trip to Manchester City, manager Claude Puel announced.

The 2015/16 EPL Player of the Year has not played in the last two Premier League games and has not trained with the side since a proposed move to Manchester City failed to materialize after Mahrez handed in his transfer request. "I think it is important to look forward...I think it is important in this difficult time to keep all players, and club, united, to continue the hard work on the pitch. The best way is to come back and enjoy his football. I hope Riyad can get his head right and comes back with us."
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 8 - 3:18 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

Riyad Mahrez's availability for Saturday's match against Manchester City is in doubt following the winger's continued absence from training.

The Algeria international has missed the Foxes' last two matches and did not attend training at Belvoir Drive after manager Claude Puel gave his side Monday off. This marked the fourth time Mahrez has missed training since his failed transfer to Manchester City on Deadline Day. The Professional Footballers' Association offered to mediate between the player and club last week, but neither party has yet to take up the offer from the players' union. Fousseni Diabate and Demarai Gray are expected to see more playing time for the duration of Mahrez's absence.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 7 - 10:35 AM

Leicester City will be disappointed with just a point after a dominate performance in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Swansea City.

Kelechi Iheanacho and Fousseni Diabate started with Riyad Mahrez omitted from the squad and Demarai Gray on the bench. Jamie Vardy scored his 12th league goal of the season in a first half that was dominated by the Foxes, which saw Iheanacho and Diabate both fail to convert solid chances. However, Swansea managed to weather the offensive onslaught and drew level through Federico Fernandez on 53 minutes. While it was a good point for the Swans, it was certainly a missed opportunity for Leicester. Speaking after the match, manager Claude Puel said: "We had to score more in the first half. Congratulations to Swansea, but we deserved to win. We finished strong but we didn't get the result in the end."
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 3 - 1:55 PM

Wes Morgan won't be available for the visit of Swansea City on Saturday as he continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury.

The Leicester skipper returned to training on Friday morning, but this weekend's match will come too soon for his return to the squad. Morgan has not featured since sustaining a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town on New Year's Day and will need to regain full fitness before being in contention. "He [Morgan] needs training sessions and good match fitness to play with us now," said manager Claude Puel on Friday. Expect Aleksandar Dragovic to get another start alongside Harry Maguire at the King Power Stadium.
Feb 2 - 4:47 PM

Claude Puel confirmed at his Friday press conference that Riyad Mahrez will not play against Swansea City on Saturday.

The wantaway winger failed to turn up at training on Thursday or Friday after he failed to secure a move to Manchester City on Deadline Day and has been left out of the squad for the visit of Swansea. While Mahrez's future at the King Power Stadium is clouded by uncertainty, Puel says the club will assess the Algeria international once he has cleared his mind. "It is time to talk to Riyad, we have a good relationship and we need to manage the situation," said Puel. "Riyad is not available for this game. All I can say about the situation is that this is the best decision for Leicester, in the best interests of Leicester. It is also the best decision for Riyad." Look for Demarai Gray to continue in the starting XI while the Mahrez situation is sorted out.
Source: ESPN FC
Feb 2 - 3:49 PM

Leicester City saw its six-match unbeaten streak in all competitions upended in a 2-1 loss to Everton at Goodison Park.

With none of the defensive starters from their title-winning 2015/16, the Foxes couldn't recover from a Theo Walcott barrage that came in a 14-minute spell in the first half. The former Arsenal star scored two goals in quick succession before Jamie Vardy was able to pull back a goal and cut the lead in half from the penalty spot after Wilfred Ndidi was brought down in the 71st minute by Wayne Rooney. But Leicester could only manage one shot on target as Kelechi Iheanacho proved to be the unluckiest, hitting the bar and the post.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 5:05 PM

Leicester City have confirmed that striker Ahmed Musa has signed for former club CSKA Moscow on loan until the end of the season.

Musa signed for Leicester in the summer of 2016 in the wake of The Foxes' Premier League triumph as an apparent heir to Jamie Vardy when the Englishman was expected to depart for Arsenal. In the end Vardy stayed and Musa's tenure at the club has been underwhelming with just five goals in 33 appearances. Nigeria international Musa spent four years at the Russian club previously, scoring 42 league goals in 124 outings. Musa made just one appearance this season for Leicester in the 4-1 win over Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup.
Jan 30 - 11:39 AM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has confirmed captain Wes Morgan will be the only absentee for Wednesday's match against Everton.

The Foxes boss revealed his side is close to full fitness following the return of Robert Huth and Danny Simpson in the 5-1 victory over Petersborough in the FA Cup on Saturday. However, the club will remain without Morgan, who has missed the last fours matches in all competitions with a hamstring injury. "Just Morgan, [but] it is not a problem. It is a good feeling," Puel said on Monday. "He came on the pitch [in training] and I hope he can start more training sessions with the squad." Aleksandar Dragovic or Yohan Benalouane could start at center-back alongside Harry Maguire, while Huth will likely be named to the bench for the trip to Goodison Park.
Jan 29 - 8:06 PM


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