Claude Puel

Puel's Pre-Match Squad Update

Claude Puel says he could be without up to nine members of his first team squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Ham United.
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- Leicester City could have up to nine players missing this weekend, according to manager Claude Puel
- Marc Albrighton will serve his one-match suspension, while eight others may miss out due to injury
- West Ham United visit King Power Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League

The Foxes take on David Moyes men in what will be their penultimate home game of the 2017/18 campaign but Puel has revealed a number of stars will miss out through injury.

However, the Frenchman provided a positive update on Spanish midfielder Vicente Iborra, who came off against Newcastle United last month with a hamstring problem.

Speaking to the media on Friday, Puel said: “There’s an ankle problem with [Robert] Huth, [Shinji] Okazaki, [Kasper] Schmeichel, and [Ben] Chilwell in training.

[Matty] James has had tendon surgery. It’s a hamstring strain for [Wilfred] Ndidi and [Daniel] Amartey and [Marc] Albrighton is suspended.

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Foxes Prepare For The Hammers

Leicester City were hard at work on Friday as they prepared to face West Ham United in the Premier League.

[Vicente] Iborra has come back into the squad. He comes back with just two or three training sessions and we will see for Saturday. [Danny] Simpson has a groin pain and is not available also”

Meanwhile, Kasper Schmeichel is continuing his recovery from an ankle problem and Puel says City will wait to see if he can make a return.

He added: “We will wait for Kasper and how he is feeling, if he can come back. It’s the same with Okazaki and different players. 

“It’s not a serious injury but there are a lot of players are not available and it’s difficult.”

Puel says Saturday’s clash with the Hammers will be a good opportunity for players to impress in England’s top flight.

“We will have a tough game to play,” added Puel. “West Ham need the points, of course. They have a difficult schedule.

“We know we play in this moment all good teams. There are a lot of teams trying to save their place. It is a good challenge.

“We know the difficulties that we have to prepare for in this game. It will be a good opportunity for some players to have game time and to show their quality.

“For the others, to give good support for their team-mates, to give them the support necessary in this game. With our fans together, we know what we want for this club.”

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