Wes Morgan will miss Leicester’s clash with Stoke
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Friday, March 31, 2017
Leicester captain Wes Morgan has been ruled out of the clash with Stoke as he continues to battle a back problem.
The defender was sidelined for the Foxes’ 3-2 win at West Ham before the international break – the first Premier League game he has missed since December 2014.
Yohan Benalouane stands by to deputise again on Saturday after making his first league appearance of the season with Morgan also struggling for Tuesday’s visit of Sunderland.
Boss Craig Shakespeare said: “He’s still not fully recovered unfortunately, we’re trying to give him every opportunity, it is a nerve problem in his back and with those you can’t rush.
“We’re trying to let nature run its course but unfortunately he won’t be ready for Saturday and – if I’m honest – it’ll be touch and go for Tuesday. We’re seeing how he is in 24 or 48 hours.
“He can get the treatment. But with a hamstring or something like that, you know how long it will be, whether it’s four to six weeks. With a back you are not quite so sure. We’re trying to give Wes enough time himself to see how he feels, then push him when its right.”
Shinji Okazaki has returned from international duty with Japan but Nampalys Mendy is struggling with a knee injury.
Victory over Stoke would maintain Shakespeare’s 100 per cent record as manager and he has won all four games since replacing Claudio Ranieri last month, but the boss insisted he needs to keep his cool.
“With all the records, I’m very conscious you have to keep a bit of humility about it,” he said, with the Foxes six points above the relegation zone.
“We know that it wasn’t so long ago that our form was being questioned.
“We know that at the moment we are playing with a lot of confidence, but that word ‘humility’ has to be important from my point of view towards the players to keep them level-headed. We also (like) to make sure there is no complacency.”