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Leicester keeper Schmeichel set to return soon

Kaspar Schmeichel. Credit: PA

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is ready to hand the struggling Foxes a major injury boost.

The Denmark international has been out for over a month with a fractured hand but could make his comeback imminently.

He is likely to be fit for Tuesday's Premier League trip to Bournemouth and could even face former club Manchester City on Saturday if he convinces boss Claudio Ranieri he is fit.

Ranieri said: "He is getting better and maybe he is ready for the Bournemouth match. I think Saturday may be too soon but let me speak with him tomorrow morning. For me the possibility is no but Kasper is a fighter.

"He didn't feel anything (when he first suffered the injury) and the surgeon is happy and everything is OK."

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Koeman urges Barkley to prove his worth at Everton

Ronald Koeman wants to see more for Barkley. Credit: Reuters

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has challenged Ross Barkley to prove he is worthy of a place in the team.

The England midfielder was dropped for Sunday's 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United and appeared to be visibly upset when he did not feature in the match.

Barkley, once seen as the great hope around which Everton could build their side for the future, has cut a peripheral figure over the last 12 months having lost the spark which made him such a threat.

However, Koeman has no time to indulge the 23-year-old and he said must fight his way back into the team.

The Dutchman said:

He played a lot, he did not play last weekend and that is the competition we have in the squad. If you like to play you need to show that to the manager during the whole week and he is trying to do his best.

We know he is one of the players who needs to bring more productivity and that is the talk we had about his situation. Sometimes it can be a tactical reason, sometimes I expect more from Ross Barkley but I expect more from other players offensively.

He needs to accept it. He needs to show it on the training pitch and that is the best way to give the best answer as to why he doesn't play. He is always trying to do his best but it is not always about the mentality of the player, it is about tactics, his movement, his productivity and those can all be reasons he did not start last week.

– Everton manager Ronald Koeman
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