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Ndidi To Return For Leicester Vs Southampton; Schmeichel, Okazaki Doubtful

by 17/04/2018 11:08:00 0 comments 1 Views

Leicester City manager Claude Puel will welcome Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi back to the Foxes starting line-up for Thursday’s English Premier League fixture against Southampton at the King Power Stadium.

Ndidi missed Leicester City’s last two games due to suspension and Puel will be banking on his return to get his team back to winning ways after two straight defeats to Burnley and Newcastle United.

But the Foxes could be without Shinji Okazaki and Kasper Schmeichel.

“Okazaki is also a doubt with an ankle problem and will be assessed tomorrow (Wednesday),” Puel said during his pre-match conference on Tuesday.

“We’ll see if Schmeichel can play this game but we are not sure. For the moment he cannot train with us.

“Ndidi is back from suspension. Daniel Amartey has returned to training today but the Southampton game comes too soon. It is not enough time to be available.”

Puel who faces his former club Southampton expects a tough from the Saints who are battling for survival in the EPL.

“They played very well, with fighting spirit and quality, against Chelsea. They deserved another result and we are sure they will play against us with good intensity and tempo,” Puel said.

“There are a lot of teams behind us, it is very close and it is important to come back with a good result this time. We want to secure our place in the top half.”

The Frenchman also admitted that the Foxes have not been at their best in some games lately.

“Three of four games this season have not been enough. We deserved another thing. We need to correct some details with experience and we can work on these in pre-season.”

Leicester City are eighth in the EPL table with 43 points from 33 games, while Southampton are 18th with 28 points.

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