Belfast Telegraph

Craig Shakespeare keen to see Vicente Iborra return to contention for Leicester

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare hopes the forthcoming international break will see Vicente Iborra regain fitness.

The Spanish midfielder, a summer signing from Sevilla, has yet to make his debut for the Foxes after suffering a groin injury in training during the week leading up to the opening league game at Arsenal.

Iborra was sent for a scan and has not trained since but Shakespeare is looking for the 29-year-old to make progress in the two-week break from Premier League action that follows Leicester's game at Manchester United on Saturday evening.

"He was gutted not to be able to play. I know with Vicente he is disappointed at the moment," said Shakespeare.

"He is not training yet. I think it will be after the international break. Once we get over United, we have a couple of weeks and I am hoping we can up his fitness and get him out onto the grass. He hasn't joined in with the squad yet.

"I am always trying to look on the positive side and say you will be back in one week when I know it probably will be two or three, really just to put some positivity into him. B ut I am sure we will have him back sooner rather than later."

Meanwhile, it looks like Yohan Benalouane will find first-team football hard to come by for the foreseeable future.

Shakespeare has told the Frenchman he is well down the pecking order when it comes to his defensive options.

Benalouane, who Shakespeare substituted during a pre-season friendly at Burton following a reckless challenge, was not involved at Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup in midweek, despite Shakespeare making eight changes to his team.

"Yohan wasn't included the other night because he is behind the other centre-backs," said Shakespeare.

"But I am not going to shut the door. If he wants to work his way above those he has work to do, which he knows, but he knows now where he stands in the line of centre-backs."

Captain Wes Morgan and striker Jamie Vardy could both be back in Leicester's starting line-up against United.

Both players were left nursing injuries following the home win over Brighton but Morgan's back complaint has eased and Vardy is fit again after a foot problem.

Danny Drinkwater (thigh) and Papy Mendy (ankle) have resumed full training while Kelechi Iheanacho has also been able to train, although Shakespeare will err on the side of caution with the striker after his toe injury.

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