Leicester suffer triple injury blow ahead of Arsenal clash

By on April 24, 2017

Leicester City have been hit by a triple injury blow ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Arsenal at the Emirates, boss Craig Shakespeare confirmed today.

We welcome the Foxes to north London in midweek for our rearranged Premier League clash but the defending champions will be without key defender Wes Morgan.

The centre-back was substituted during the closing stages of Leicester’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid last Tuesday and Shakespeare has confirmed he’s tweaked his hamstring.

Their record signing Islam Slimani has missed the last two games due to a groin strain and the striker will also miss this weeks trip to north London.

In a triple blow for the visitors, Shakespeare also revealed that Papy Mendy has undergone an ankle operation and not only will he miss the Arsenal game, but the midfielder has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Shakespeare told the Leicester City website:

“Unfortunately Papy Mendy had to have an ankle operation in France. He’s going to be back with us doing his rehab. He had a floating bone in there that needed looking after and he’s out now until the end of the season.

“Unfortunately, Wes won’t make it. The first impression was it was cramp. He’s overstretched his hamstring, but it hasn’t gone into a full-blown pull yet.
“We need to be mindful of that so he won’t make Wednesday. We’re hoping that it’s a precaution on Wednesday and we’ll then look towards Saturday.

“Islam Slimani is still out with a groin strain. He hasn’t been on the pitch yet but we’re hoping to speed that recovery up and get him out this week.”

The absentees are obviously good news for us, especially Morgan as he’s hugely influential for Leicester, so hopefully the injuries will help us secure a much-needed three points.

We’re the heavy favourites with bookmakers to win on Wednesday and the odds are likely to fall even further following news on Leicester’s injury woes, so you should get your bets on quickly. If you’re on the go, download the Betfair app for android and you can back Arsenal to win within minutes on your mobile.

We head in to the game in confident mood after booking our place in the FA Cup final with a 2-1 win over Man City yesterday but we still desperately need to beat Leicester to keep alive any hopes of finishing in the top four.

We’re currently seventh in the table, but we’re nine points adrift of third-placed Liverpool with three games in hand so we do still have a chance of sneaking in to the top four if we finish the season strongly, starting against the Foxes.