Craig Shakespeare in training

Shakespeare’s Fitness Update: Morgan, Drinkwater & Huth

Craig Shakespeare says he does not expect Danny Drinkwater to play again this season after the midfielder picked up a thigh injury during the victory over Watford last weekend.

- Leicester City will be without both Wes Morgan and Danny Drinkwater for Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Manchester City
- Craig Shakespeare believes Drinkwater will not feature for the Foxes again this term due to a thigh problem
- Robert Huth will have his foot injury assessed prior to the trip to Etihad Stadium

Craig Shakespeare says he does not expect Danny Drinkwater to play again this season after the midfielder picked up a thigh injury during the victory over Watford last weekend.

Drinkwater, who has played 42 times in all competitions for the Foxes this term, was replaced by Andy King in the second period at King Power Stadium.

Shakespeare believes Drinkwater will not feature in any of City’s remaining three Premier League games, while Robert Huth will also be assessed after the German suffered a knock on his foot.

“Unfortunately, we have a few niggles,” the Leicester boss said on Thursday. “Danny Drinkwater, who came off injured on Saturday has a thigh strain. I don’t expect him to play again this season.

“Obviously we have Papy Mendy anyway who is not going to play and then we have Robert Huth who has been carrying a foot injury.

“He didn’t train today (Thursday). He went for a scan and we are waiting for the results this evening on that. I have to say he is probably a doubt for Saturday.”

Meanwhile, the Foxes will also be without the services of skipper Wes Morgan for Saturday’s fixture at Manchester City.

Discussing Morgan’s fitness, Shakespeare added: “He is not going to be fit for Saturday. It is probably slower than I anticipated. I don’t want to rush him.

“He is the type of player and trainer who has not missed many games and has not missed much training. It has taken him longer than he thought to get through this, but I am not going to rush him now with three games to go. If he is ready for the last two then fine but if not he will not be rushed.

“I think as you get older you have little niggles and this is the first little niggle with his back and now his hamstring. He has played a lot of consecutive seasons, a lot of pre-seasons and close seasons on international duty and it has caught up with him.

“Speaking to him today, I had a one-to-one with him, he is gutted. He doesn’t like missing training let alone matches but I want him to feel that he has the belief from me that he has to get himself 100 per cent fit.”

 

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