Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel faces a late fitness test to determine his availability for the Premier League trip to Manchester United after picking up a muscle injury. The Foxes stopper has fully recovered from the concussion which forced him to miss the win over Burnley but a fresh concern leaves his participation at Old Trafford up in the air.
The 29-year-old has endured an injury-ravaged campaign for the champions having already undergone a hernia operation during the international break, but has played in four of his side's five top flight games, and took part in training on Thursday [22 September]. Schmeichel played in every one of Leicester's Premier League matches last term as they won the title in dramatic fashion ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Claudio Ranieri's side took a giant step towards winning last season's title with a credible point at United, holding on to a 1-1 draw with 10 men. But Leicester must hope to better that result potentially without their leading 'keeper. "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."
Papy Mendy is definitely out of the trip to United however with the defensive midfielder having yet to recover from an ankle injury, while Marcin Wasilewski is suspended. Luis Hernandez missed the English Football League Cup defeat to Chelsea to attend the birth of his second child, but he is available again.
Ranieri was also forced to dismiss recent reports linking midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who was sent off against United in last year's fixture, with a January move to the 20-time league champions side. The Sun understands Jose Mourinho is plotting a £30m ($39m) move for the England international, leaving Ranieri fuming.
"It's speculation. I'm surprised, because it's usually a month before the window opens that this sort of speculation starts. When big teams want our players is good for us," he said, according to Sky Sports. "One year ago, no one was asking about our players. Now, there are big big teams asking. Now they must be proud, but continue in this way. He signed a new contract. He doesn't have a clause. If he wants to go to Man United, OK, but we want to keep him."