Ranieri’s Fitness Update: Schmeichel, Mendy & Schlupp
- Nampalys Mendy and Jeffrey Schlupp will not be fit for the trip to Anfield on Saturday
- Ranieri revealed he has no fresh injury worries following the first international break of the season
Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri confirmed goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will be available for selection.
The City stopper was substituted in the second period during the 2-1 victory over Swansea City before having a minor hernia operation during the international break.
Meanwhile, Ranieri revealed that both Nampalys Mendy and Jeffrey Schlupp will not be ready to face Liverpool due to injury, but are progressing well.
Discussing his players’ fitness, Ranieri said: “He (Kasper Schmeichel) is ready to play. I said it was a very little operation, it was good, the surgery was fantastic and he is ready to play.
“[Nampalys] Mendy is training on the bike, sometimes outside, and when he comes back with the first team he needs a week.
“Jeff [Schlupp] has started with us, the normal warm-up, and then he does something different. He is close to coming back. I don't want to risk them [against Liverpool].”
The City boss revealed that all of his international stars returned to the Club with no injury problems, and with a busy fixture schedule about to get underway, that is of high importance.
He added: “When you start the season you want to continue to keep going but there is also the international break.
“The national teams need to make their job and fortunately nobody was injured, they came back with very good strength and atmosphere.
“We made a very good training session and we are ready to play these seven matches in 22 days. This is our block.
“It is good, it is exciting, we go from the Premier League, to Champions League to EFL Cup, and it’s good.”
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