Wednesday 17 January 2018

Huth makes Leicester loan switch

Robert Huth will be a Leicester player for the rest of the season
Robert Huth will be a Leicester player for the rest of the season

Leicester have signed Robert Huth on loan from Stoke until the end of the season.

The defender has fallen out of favour at the Britannia Stadium after injury problems and will add significant Premier League experience to Leicester's back line.

Huth becomes the third player to join the Foxes in this transfer window following goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and striker Andrej Kramaric.

Huth joined Stoke from Middlesbrough in 2009 and was first choice at the back alongside Ryan Shawcross until suffering a knee injury in November 2013.

The 30-year-old German needed two operations and did not play again until the end of August last year before another spell on the sidelines with a calf problem.

By the time he returned he was behind Marc Wilson and Marc Muniesa in the pecking order and his only Premier League appearance of the season came as a late substitute in the 3-2 win over Arsenal in December.

The most recent of Huth's 187 matches for Stoke, meanwhile, came against Wrexham in the FA Cup a month ago.

Leicester sit bottom of the Premier League table and boss Nigel Pearson will hope Huth can help shore up a leaky defence that has shipped 37 goals in 23 games.

Asked for his impressions of Leicester, the former Chelsea defender told Foxes Player: "Obviously they beat Stoke at home so that was a bit of an upset for Stoke.

"I've watched the games. I certainly watched the Manchester United game, the 5-3 game, so I've seen enough to be happy to come here.

"There's plenty of competition. I'm not expecting to walk into the team. I know I have to prove my worth and hopefully I can do that."

Huth will be unavailable for Leicester's match against Crystal Palace this weekend as he completes a two-match suspension for breaching Football Association rules regarding social media.

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