Huge boost for United: In-form Leicester star ruled out of the Old Trafford clash
Leicester City will be without goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for their trip to Old Trafford after the shotstopper ruled out with a groin problem.
The 29-year-old has missed the last two matches after undergoing a minor hernia operation but was expected to be fit for today’s lunchtime match at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, Schmeichel’s suffered a recurrence of a long-standing groin problem and will also miss Tuesday’s match against Porto, according to the Sun.
The news will come as music to the ears of Jose Mourinho, who is looking to end a run of two league games without a win today.
United will welcome Leicester to Old Trafford is this weekend’s Premier League opener, with plenty at stake for two sides that need to climb the table.
We may only be six weeks into the new season but United are already under pressure after losing their last two league games on the bounce. While reigning champions Leicester need to pick up after a really inconsistent start.
Jose Mourinho watched his side lose three games on the spin before Wednesday’s EFL Cup win over Northampton. He needs to get more out of his expensive side and Saturday’s clash with Leicester offers a stiff test for the players.
The home fans will be expecting a win here. But given their sluggish displays of late, that’s far from a formality. They are unbeaten in seven home league games against the Foxes and that record needs to continue past this weekend for Mourinho to alleviate some pressure.
Leicester travel to Old Trafford off the back of Tuesday night’s EFL Cup defeat to Chelsea in extra-time. Claudio Ranieri will hope fatigue doesn’t affect his side too much in what is a huge game for the champions.
With only two wins from their first five, Leicester need to pick up quickly if they are to challenge at the top end of the table for the second year running. They enter the weekend in the bottom half but a win here would be a huge boost.
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