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Leicester City showed plenty of fight in overcoming deficits twice to nearly pull out a result on the road but saw Wolves win it 4-3 on a goal in the game's final moments.

Considering how things started, you have to give Leicester credit for battling back, but it made the end result all the more difficult to endure. Wolves were clearly more prepared at the opening whistle and they made a sluggish defense pay with two goals inside the first twelve minutes. Leicester would not pull one back before halftime, but showed signs of life that suggested the second half could tell a different story. It did, as Demarai Gray scored two minutes into the second frame, drilling home a ball supplied by Jamie Vardy. Four minutes later, Leicester were level, as Harvey Barnes had his shot take a deflection in for a Conor Coady own goal. Wolves would go back ahead shortly after the hour mark but the Foxes looked to have sealed a draw when they scored in the 87th minute with a Wes Morgan header from a free kick whipped in by James Maddison.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 19 - 9:48 AM

Jonny Evans will make a surprise return to the Leicester City squad after making a rapid recovery from injury.

Claude Puel ruled the defender out for up-to 45 days with a broken toe in the build-up to game week twenty-two, but during Thursdays’ press conference, the Foxes boss confirmed Evans is back in contention for the trip to Molineux. "It was not an important or serious injury and he will be in the squad for Saturday. When a player can come back in the squad, I am happy." Aside from Daniel Amartey, who is still recovering from ankle surgery, Puel has no other injury concerns.
Jan 17 - 5:32 PM

Leicester City did what was necessary to grab three big points on the road, with a Jamie Vardy goal enough to defeat a fatigued Everton side, 0-1.

Claude Puel fielded a more defensive-looking side, with the likes of Demarai Gray and James Maddison left on the bench and Ricardo Pereira pushed up into an attacking role. It was enough as both sides looked pretty sluggish in the early New Year's kickoff. After surviving an Everton chance off the post in the first half, the Foxes would pounce just before the hour mark, when Pereira picked up a loose ball in midfield and quickly found Vardy who made his way into the area before supplying a professional finish low into the far corner. Leicester looked to have a case for a handball in the 80th minute, but the call was missed and the result held up.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 1 - 9:30 AM

Organization and a little bit of luck led to a 1-0 win for Leicester City away to Chelsea.

Jamie Vardy marked his return to the starting XI and his 250th appearance for the club in a big way getting a goal after being played through by James Maddison in the 51st minute. It was a proper reward for their resolute defensive performance in the first half but it did come with nervy moments. Right before the half, Eden Hazard ripped a shot just off the crossbar but it was just what Leicester needed as a wake-up call. Coming out of the break, you saw a more determined Leicester side that took the game to Chelsea just enough to take the lead. Wilfred Ndidi almost made it 2-0 but was denied by a massive save from Kepa Arrizabalaga. The bad luck continued for Chelsea and Marcos Alonso in stoppage time as his shot hit the inside of the post and stayed out of the net. With the win, Leicester will enter Christmas ensured that they’ll be in the top half.
Sat, Dec 22, 2018 12:09:00 PM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel said he expects forward Jamie Vardy to be fit to face Chelsea this weekend.

The star forward was held out of the club's League Cup quarterfinal loss to reigning Cup champions Manchester City in order to rest him to be available to face Chelsea and Manchester City during the week in Premier League action. Vardy has struggled with a recurring groin injury that has hampered his productivity in recent weeks. Said Puel: "I hope [Vardy] can be fit for this match and can find his qualities. With his quality and his aggressiveness, he is a very good player for us. We need Jamie – with his ability, capacity and character – to give his best. Of course, it has been difficult for him with injuries and suspensions this season, but he is a valuable player for us and we need Jamie to be at his best for us."
Thu, Dec 20, 2018 05:01:00 PM

Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy is set to return this weekend when the Foxes head to Selhurst Park.

The Leicester City talisman has not featured in the club's last two matches due to a groin injury, although he was enjoying great form with a goal in each of his previous two prior to the injury. But Claude Puel's side could only manage one goal without Vardy, who has been linked to a winter move to Chelsea. Meanwhile, Puel said that Ben Chilwell looks to be a doubt due to a knee injury. "We will see tomorrow about Ben Chilwell," the manager said. "He felt a pain in his knee, so we will see this week whether he can play. Jamie Vardy came back with the squad this morning (Thursday) and I think he will be in the squad this weekend. Harry Maguire was in the squad for the last game [against Tottenham Hotspur]."
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 08:43:00 AM

With Jamie Vardy out injured the Foxes struggled to keep up with visiting Spurs who beat Leicester City 2-0.

The Foxes had more shots and more shots on target than their visitors but Spurs scored on both of their shots on target and cruised to a victory to put them back into 3rd place. With Jamie Vardy out, the Foxes were without their biggest goal threat and they missed their talisman badly. If Vardy can't shake the groin injury that has had him in and out of the line-up then look for results to suffer until he is back.
Source: Espn.com
Sat, Dec 8, 2018 04:46:00 PM

Jamie Vardy drew and scored a penalty and James Maddison scored an insurance goal as Leicester City beat Watford 2-0 at the King Power Stadium Saturday.

Watford have been among the most likely teams in the Premier League to be victimized by opposing forwards and Week 14 was no exception as Jamie Vardy provided the winner. James Maddison's exceptional control and score sealed the match which saw the Foxes rise to sixth in the table pending the rest of the outcomes this weekend.
Source: Espn.com
Sat, Dec 1, 2018 12:30:00 PM

Jamie Vardy pulled one back late but ultimately, the Foxes were disappointing in a 1-1 draw with Brighton.

James Maddison returned from injury but Jamie Vardy dropped to the bench with a knock and Leicester went behind in the 15th minute due to a header from Glenn Murray. The Foxes were dealt another disadvantage as Maddison was sent off due to receiving his second yellow card for simulation in the 28th minute. At that point, Leicester had to bring on Wilfred Ndidi and hold on for dear life. Biram Kayal offered some help by bringing down Kelechi Ihanacho in the box giving away a penalty. Jamie Vardy would score it in the 79th minute to bring things level but that would be all that Leicester would get from what should have been a winnable match. Luckily for Claude Puel’s men, James Maddison will be available for game week 14 as he can serve his suspension during the midweek cup fixture.
Sat, Nov 24, 2018 01:32:00 PM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed Jamie Vardy is among the injury concerns ahead of Saturday's clash with Brighton & Hove Albion at AMEX Stadium because of a groin injury.

The Foxes travel south to face Chris Hughton's side with a handful of injury problems. Although James Maddison could return after missing out on the draw with Burnley, he may not be fit enough to start. Saturday will come too soon for Harry Maguire, but he could return next week. There are also concerns about the fitness of Vardy (groin) and Rachid Ghezzal (leg), who have reported complaints during the international break. Kelechi Iheanacho will lead the line if Vardy is ruled out, while Demarai Gray and Marc Albrighton would be expected to operate on the wings in the absence of Maddison and Ghezzal.
Fri, Nov 23, 2018 03:28:00 PM

In an emotionally-charged atmosphere at King Power Stadium, Leicester City simply could not find the net despite several chances, playing Burnley to a 0-0 final.

This was the first home game since the tragic loss of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the stage was set to give supporters a positive result, but Leicester were denied big scoring opportunities on several occasions, particularly in the first half. Seven minutes in, Wilfried Ndidi's low shot nearly found the corner. Shortly after that, a loose ball in the box was smashed by Jamie Vardy but somehow the ball was cleared off the line. Rachid Ghezzal, who played well in place of James Maddison, had a strong header rattle the bar and before the clock hit 30 minutes, Demarai Gray got in 1 v 1 on the keeper only to have his effort blocked. From then on, the chances started to dry up and, at times, Leicester were on the back foot. The crowd pushed for late heroics, but none were to be had.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 10, 2018 12:05:00 PM

Claude Puel says Harry Maguire "will not be available" for the visit of Burnley on Saturday, while his injury also rules him out of the Three Lions fixtures against Croatia and the United States.

It’s been a tough week for Leicester whose build-up has been interrupted following their return from Thailand, but Puel is hoping his squad's ‘togetherness’ can help them to earn three-points. "We didn’t have a lot of training. We did a little session on Wednesday, a light session after the journey. We trained today and there is another light session on Friday." To further complicate matters, Leicester will be missing Maguire for the remainder of the month at least. "It will be a few weeks, we will discuss his comeback after the international games. We don’t have any other information." James Maddison is in a similar position, although his knee injury not believed to be as severe. "He felt something the day after the Cardiff game. It's not too serious but he will not play this game."
Thu, Nov 8, 2018 04:58:00 PM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel will be without two of their stars in James Maddison and Harry Maguire.

Both injuries stem from last weekend's 1-0 win over Cardiff City. Maddison, who leads the team in FPL.com points with three goals and two assists, is only expected to miss the weekend with a knee injury while Maguire has been ruled out for a couple of weeks after sustaining a more series knee injury. The injuries could signal a start for Jonny Evans and Rachid Ghezzal. Said Puel: "Maguire is a Cardiff injury and it could be a few weeks. We will talk about his comeback after the international break when we have all the information about him. [Maddison] felt something the day after the Cardiff game. It’s not too serious, but he will not play this game."
Thu, Nov 8, 2018 02:29:00 PM

Harry Maguire was forced off with an undisclosed injury during Leicester City's 1-0 win over Cardiff City on Saturday.

Maguire hobbled off inside the opening half hour after making a last-ditch challenge inside the penalty area, shielding the ball from Cardiff striker Callum Paterson, and was unable to continue. Although the extent of the injury is not yet known, the England international will now be an early doubt for the upcoming matches against the United States and Croatia later this month. Jonny Evans will likely deputise at centre-back if Maguire is unavailable for next weekend's home match against Burnley.
Sat, Nov 3, 2018 02:45:00 PM

On an emotional day for Leicester City, Demarai Gray scored the only goal of the match to secure a 1-0 win over Cardiff City.

Last weekend, Leicester's Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was one of five people who tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash. Returning to action for the first time since the tragedy, the players rose to the occasion and produced a compelling team performance. A tightly contested first half ended with controversy as Jamie Vardy's shot appeared to hit Sol Bamba's arm after a goalmouth scramble. However, Claude Puel's side was not to be denied. The Foxes broke the deadlock on 55 minutes when Gray swept home Ben Chilwell's cross with a first-time finish. Leicester's first away win of the season lifts them into 10th place, with 16 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 3, 2018 01:56:00 PM



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