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Ranieri's Pre-Millwall Fitness Update

Posted: Thu 16 Feb 2017
Author: Leicester City

Claudio Ranieri

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Claudio Ranieri has provided a fitness update ahead of Leicester City’s trip to the capital to face Millwall in the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off).

- Claudio Ranieri reveals that Leonardo Ulloa is still continuing his return from injury ahead of Millwall on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off)
- Leicester City take on the League 1 outfit hoping to reach the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time since 2011/2012
- Ulloa is recovering from a muscle injury while Islam Slimani is also unlikely to feature in the capital this weekend for the Foxes in London
- Ranieri has suggested he may make changes to his starting line-up following a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Swansea City at the weekend

Claudio Ranieri has provided a fitness update ahead of Leicester City’s trip to the capital to face Millwall in the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off). 

The Foxes have already seen off opposition from both the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship en route to this stage and must overcome League 1 Millwall to book their spot in the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2011/12 campaign.

Ranieri, addressing the national media on Thursday afternoon, confirmed that Leonardo Ulloa is continuing his recovery from a recurrent muscle injury but says he is waiting for the green light from his medical staff before handing the Argentine striker a return to action. 

Speaking at King Power Stadium, he said: “[Ulloa] has started to train but not properly because he always feels something. Today he didn’t finish the training session so we have to wait to see when he is back. I can’t tell you something until the medical staff tell me he is 100 per cent fit.” 

The City boss also revealed that Islam Slimani is yet to get back up to steam after making a brief cameo appearance from the substitutes' bench for the 3-1 extra-time success over East Midlands rivals Derby County in the last round earlier this month.
Ranieri training WHU 16-9
Discussing Slimani’s likelihood to play at the Den, Ranieri added: “Not yet. Also he is feeling something in his groin. We are waiting. He is not available for these matches. If I remember well everyone is fit and good.” 

Meanwhile, Ranieri has been delighted with Wilfred Ndidi’s contribution since joining the Club from Genk during the January transfer window and has backed the Nigerian international to continue his excellent start to life at King Power Stadium. 

“He has settled very well,” he continued. “All his team-mates are very happy with his performance. I am happy. He is young but is a very good personality. It is okay.” 

Discussing the possibility that he may make some changes to his starting line-up following the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Swansea City at the weekend, Ranieri said: “Our target is Premier League, that is it.  

“Of course we play in the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League and we want to do our best but our aim is to be safe at the end. The goal is the Premier League. I want to give another opportunity to the players who played against Derby for them to show how good they are.”
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