Injury boost for Leicester City ahead of clash with Ipswich at King Power Stadium
Leicester City have been handed an injury boost ahead of tomorrow's visit of Ipswich to the King Power Stadium.
Jamie Vardy and Paul Konchesky returned to training yesterday after calf and hamstring injuries respectively. Both could be fit to face the Tractor Boys.
David Nugent was also back in training after missing the start of the week after going off with a neck injury in last weekend's draw with Nottingham Forest.
However, Sean St Ledger is still not ready to make his return from a hamstring injury and loanee Michael Keane has returned to Manchester United for treatment after he picked up a hamstring injury on his City debut at Bolton.
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Manager Nigel Pearson said it was uncertain whether Keane would be fit to return before his one-month loan expired.
"It depends on the severity of it," said Pearson.
"We are not going to put any pressure on that situation and we will look at it again when he is fit. I am disappointed for him but we will see how that progresses.
"Sean is not ready yet and it is difficult to give him a timescale because we need to make sure we get that right.
"He is very frustrated because he felt he was getting really close but we have to make sure he is 100 per cent before he can return. We hope that is soon.
"Vardy, Nugent and Konchesky have been back on the training ground. They are the main three who have picked up injuries recently, but we will see how they are ahead of tomorrow."
Also in contention to face Ipswich is midfielder Richie Wellens, who has just returned from a loan spell at Portman Road where he gained valuable match-fitness after his long-term knee injury.
Wellens' return has led to Neil Danns leaving for Bristol City on a one-month loan to gain match-fitness.
"Richie has had a spell at Ipswich which has allowed him to play games and, hopefully, that has benefitted him, and hopefully that will benefit us," said Pearson.
"That is the reason for allowing Neil Danns out because he hasn't had a great deal of pitch time and so he will have an opportunity to play some games now.
"We will have to see how these first couple of weeks pan out with Richie back here. He has been playing regularly at Ipswich and we have had a relatively settled midfield.
"It is certainly good to have him back and he does have a wealth of experience. We will see how that develops over the next few weeks."
Kasper Schmeichel was absent from training yesterday as he was travelling back from international duty with Denmark, but will re-join the City today.