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Sunday 22 October 2017

Danny Simpson hailed by Craig Shakespeare ahead of landmark Leicester appearance

Danny Simpson brings up a landmark appearance this weekend
Danny Simpson brings up a landmark appearance this weekend

Leicester right-back Danny Simpson has been praised by his manager ahead of making his 100th appearance for the club.

The 30-year-old, who joined the Foxes from QPR in the summer of 2014, has been an ever present in the Premier League so far this season and will reach the milestone on Monday night when Leicester host West Brom at the King Power Stadium.

At a time when full-back play appears more concerned with attacking rather than defending, Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare thinks Simpson is something of a throwback.

" I think for the past season-and-a-half he's been a real consistent performer," said Shakespeare.

"He enjoys defending and not a lot of up-and-coming full-backs enjoy the defending part these days, they enjoy the attacking aspects. But Danny enjoys defending.

" His positional sense and his covering is very, very good and h e brings to us a real stability at right-back. If the opposition has a tricky winger Danny will give everything and one-on-one he is a very good defender.

" He's very knowledgeable tactically and he passes that on to the younger defenders and talks to them and encourages them. I remember during pre-season him having a chat with Demarai Gray and telling him what he should be doing as a winger, telling him what full-backs don't like."

Shakespeare will have a fully-fit Jamie Vardy available against West Brom.

The striker was left out of the England squad due to an ongoing hip problem but he has recovered during the international break.

"Jamie had injections right after the Bournemouth game and he has fully recovered now," said Shakespeare.

"He was given a bit of time away because he wasn't allowed to do anything but he has trained fully this week and looked sharp and I'm really pleased to report no ill effects."

There was more positive injury news regarding midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, whose suspected hamstring injury sustained while playing for Nigeria turned out to be just cramp. Defender Ben Chilwell (knee) was withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad as a precaution but he is also fit.

However, Robert Huth (ankle) and Matty James (Achilles) remain unavailable as Leicester look for only their second Premier League win of the campaign.

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