April 18, 2018 / 2:51 AM / a month ago

Leicester's Schmeichel, Okazaki doubtful for Southampton clash

(Reuters) - Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and forward Shinji Okazaki are both doubtful for Thursday’s Premier League match against Southampton after the duo sustained injuries in last weekend’s defeat by Burnley, manager Claude Puel has said.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Leicester City - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - April 14, 2018 Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel on the bench after being substituted off due to injury REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Japan international Okazaki was substituted with an ankle problem at half-time in the 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor while Schmeichel was withdrawn in the closing minutes after a collision with Burnley striker Ashley Barnes.

“It was a fall and a knock (for Schmeichel),” Puel said. “The problem is in his ankle and we will see if he can play in this game. Okazaki, also, we will see if can come back with his ankle too.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs Leicester City - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - April 14, 2018 Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki in action with Burnley's James Tarkowski Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

“For the moment, (Schmeichel) cannot train with us. We need to adapt to the situation, of course, like we have done already.”

Puel also said that midfielder Daniel Amartey, who is on the mend from a hamstring injury, had returned to training but the Ghana international will not be ready to face relegation-threatened Southampton.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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