Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could be out for up to three weeks following the recurrence of a groin problem and will miss their game against Manchester United on Saturday, 24 September. The Danish keeper was a major reason behind Leicester's push for the title last season. He will be replaced by Ron-Robert Zieler for the time being.
The Mirror reports that the goalkeeper missed their game against Burnley last week with concussion but the problem is separate from what kept him out last week. He will be a massive loss for the Foxes against United, who are known to deliver high crosses into the box for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to compete for. Schmeichel's presence would have alleviated the confusion at the back and helped Leicester take something out of the game.
Leicester manager, Claudio Ranieri, had revealed that the 29-year-old was a doubt for the United game but will be massively disappointed by recent events, with the Foxes set to take on Porto in their second group game of the Champions League at the King Power Stadium. Schmeichel has already had surgery for the groin problem earlier in the month and Ranieri will be hoping that the current issue does not translate to something more serious.
"Today he makes some training session," Ranieri said, according to the Leicester Mercury. "Tomorrow I'll check. If it's nothing serious he'll play. I don't know now (exactly what the issue is). He said to me 'I feel something' and I said 'OK'. I am not a doctor but the concussion is OK. Let me check (on him) tomorrow. If it is nothing serious then he will come and play, if not he will stay at home."
This is a massive game for both clubs, with United looking for a win after two consecutive defeats in the league, while Leicester will be looking for some momentum after a disappointing 4-2 loss at the hands of Chelsea in the third round of the EFL Cup. A loss here for Jose Mourinho's side will ramp up the pressure on the United manager by leaps and bounds after he was allowed to spend elaborately in the summer.