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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Kasper Schmeichel hails Leicester's defence after playing with broken hand

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel fractured his hand in Denmark on Wednesday night
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel fractured his hand in Denmark on Wednesday night

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel praised the Foxes' history makers in Copenhagen - after playing more than half the game with a fractured hand.

The Denmark international is likely to be out for up to five weeks after suffering the injury during Wednesday's 0-0 Champions League draw at the Telia Parken Stadium.

The extent of Schmeichel's problem to his right hand did not become clear until Thursday morning but he believes it happened when he made one of several punches during the first half.

Schmeichel, who was born in Copenhagen and turns 30 on Saturday, will see a specialist after flying back on Thursday but he is likely to miss three Premier League games for the champions, starting with Sunday's visit of West Brom.

He made a last-minute save from Andreas Cornelius' header to ensure the lacklustre Foxes took a point from the game and is yet to concede a goal in this season's competition.

Leicester became the first Champions League debutants to not concede in their first four games and Schmeichel, who spoke to the media after the game and was in no obvious discomfort, was pleased with their record - before his injury became clear.

"Four clean sheets is testament to how well we have defended as a team. We defend from the front and then the lads in front of me throw their bodies at everything. Like you saw today - they had one chance," he said.

"That's why I'm really proud of the lads in front of me because for the most part they keep the opposition away from my goal and I didn't really have to do too much.

"A clean sheet is always nice but I'd rather win 2-1 than get a 0-0. Clean sheets give you a platform to build on. It was one of those type of games - we could have nicked it, they could have nicked it."

Schmeichel is also likely to sit out games against Watford and Middlesbrough, as well as the Champions League match at home to Club Brugge on November 22.

He could even miss Leicester's final Champions League Group G match in Porto on December 7 with the Foxes needing a point from their remaining two games to qualify for the last 16.

Summer signing Ron-Robert Zieler will deputise in his absence having already replaced Schmeichel when he suffered a hernia injury earlier in the season.

The German has played in the Premier League games against Swansea, Burnley and Manchester United as well as the EFL Cup tie against Chelsea.

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