Leicester City’s Paul Konchesky has hamstring problem
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is hoping the hamstring injury picked up by Paul Konchesky on Tuesday is not serious.
The left-back was replaced at half-time in the 1-1 draw with Leeds United at the King Power Stadium as a precaution after the player felt a tightening of a hamstring.
Pearson said the City medical staff had caught the injury early enough to avoid a serious problem. But they will assess the former England international ahead of Saturday’s visit of Sheffield Wednesday before deciding whether he is fit enough to play.
Should Konchesky, who underwent a scan yesterday, miss out then Pearson is expected to opt for Lloyd Dyer to play left-back after the winger replaced him against Leeds, or Jeff Schlupp will come back into the squad.
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Schlupp is currently the subject of negotiations between City and Manchester United about a possible move in the summer after impressing during a training period with United.
“His hamstring is tight and we will get it scanned,” said Pearson. “Hopefully we have caught it in time.
“He has been a very consistent player for us so, hopefully, it will not be too big a problem. But we have to wait to see the results of the scan.”
Pearson said his side deserved the last-minute equaliser which rescued a point for them after another frustrating night.
Michael Keane scored his first league goal for the club in the fourth minute of added time to prevent a fourth defeat in six games for City, and Pearson praised the spirit of his side for fighting on to the very end.
“Things don’t always go the way you want them to but I’m pleased with the desire of the players to get something out of the game,” he said.
“I think the players deserved it. It was a tough game for us, conceding an early goal in the second half, and they made it difficult for us.
“We worked the goalkeeper. He has made some very good saves, and they made some good blocks in the second half at which point it looked like it probably wasn’t going to go for us. But we persevered and got something out of the game, and that’s a good illustration of what it takes.
“Spirit is what you need if you want to make any progress. It’s disappointing not to win. We do need to find more wins at the moment, but that’s the nature of it.
“We hung in there and our players showed some good spirit. There are always going to be people who are not happy but I’ll stick by my players and I know they’ll get on with it.”