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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."

Iheanacho ready to fill Aguero gap for Man City

Kelechi Iheanacho scored against Celtic. Credit: PA

Kelechi Iheanacho is ready for the challenge of replacing Sergio Aguero as the prolific Manchester City striker takes an enforced break.

Aguero, who has scored 16 times this season, will miss City's next four games as punishment for his sending-off in last weekend's loss to Chelsea.

That means a chance for 20-year-old Nigerian Iheanacho, who played himself into form with a goal as City rounded off their Champions League Group C programme with a 1-1 draw against Celtic on Tuesday.

Iheanacho, who had made just six previous starts this season, said: "It's a big opportunity for me now.

"Sergio's not around so I have to take responsibility and fill the gap.

"I need to work really hard to prove myself to the team and help the team get these points we need in the Premier League."


Everton winger Bolasie to have surgery on injured knee

Everton winger Yannick Bolasie will have surgery after suffering ligament damage to his right knee during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

The summer signing from Crystal Palace looks set for a long spell on the sidelines after scans revealed he required an operation. He will undergo surgery in the next few days.

Everton gave no indication how long the injury would rule the DR Congo international out for, but the news is a further blow to boss Ronald Koeman as he looks to end what is now a four-match winless run.

Hull forward Bowen in line for Premier League debut

Hull youngster Jarrod Bowen. Credit: PA

Hull forward Jarrod Bowen could be the next teenager to help boss Mike Phelan solve a selection conundrum for Monday's trip to Middlesbrough.

Dieumerci Mbokani's red card in the midweek EFL Cup win against Newcastle has left Adama Diomande as Hull's only fit senior striker.

Summer signing Michael Keane will play no further part this season after knee surgery and with Abel Hernandez battling to overcome a groin injury, Phelan may hand 19-year-old Bowen his full Premier League debut.

Mazzarri: Dropping Ighalo to Watford bench was not a message

Odion Ighalo scored 17 goals last season but just two so far this campaign. Credit: PA

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri has told Odion Ighalo to accept his decision to drop him from his starting line-up and be ready for the next time he is called upon.

Mazzarri has asked the out-of-form striker to keep working hard and be ready to make an impact when called upon in the coming weeks as he is set to again be on the bench for Sunday's visit of Stoke in the Premier League.

"There is no message," Mazzarri answered when asked about Ighalo.

"What I do is watch my team during training, I study the next opponent and then make my decision on what is the best thing considering all these factors.

"Ighalo has been professional and accepted the decision. When he played, even when he didn't score, he played as well as the whole team has done.

"When we lost and we played badly, he played badly with the whole team, there is no difference.

"I tell him he has to be ready when his moment comes."


Bilic insists West Ham will not panic buy in January

Which direction will West Ham's season take? Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic insists West Ham will not panic buy in January despite their difficult start to the season.

The Hammers are languishing in 17th place in the Premier League after winning just three of their opening 11 matches.

The picture could look even more bleak after their next four fixtures, which start at unbeaten Tottenham on Saturday before clashes with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

West Ham boss Bilic knows they need to climb away from trouble quickly, but he is confident he already has the answers to their problems at his disposal.

"I definitely think, and I know, we have solutions in the squad," he said.

"We have some players who were absent for a long time. Now they are coming back and they are going be our new signings so we are not thinking about the transfer window solving all our problems.

"Of course every club will look at one or two players, but not on that scale. The transfer window is far away, we are talking about football, I am completely concentrated on the players we have, and the players who will come back."

One of those returning players is forgotten striker Diafra Sakho, who will be in the squad at White Hart Lane for the first time this season.

Daley Blind: Hard to believe Man Utd didn't score against Burnley

Daley Blind (left) tussles with Burnley's Andre Gray. Credit: PA

Daley Blind is not concerned about Man Utd's profligacy up front, despite it costing them four points in two home Premier League matches.

October started with Stoke arriving at Old Trafford and leaving with a fortuitous point, despite Jose Mourinho's side getting off 24 shots.

The inspired goalkeeping of Lee Grant ensured a 1-1 draw that day, while the man between the posts proved the scourge of United once more when Burnley visited.

United had 37 shots in a match they totally dominated, yet wayward finishing, resolute defending and Tom Heaton's superb display in goal saw the one-sided encounter end 0-0.

"It is hard to believe," Blind admitted. "I think we created 50 chances, maybe more, then it is hard to believe we didn't even score one goal!

"I think we made the keeper that good because we missed chances, he gets more trust and then he gets in his game.

"He's a good goalkeeper today but in spite of that we should have scored a goal, I think. We had so many chances."

Emre Can praises Liverpool's 'strong squad'

Emre Can. Credit: PA

Emre Can believes Liverpool demonstrated their strength in depth in Saturday's 4-2 Premier League win at Crystal Palace.

The Germany international scored the Reds' first goal at Selhurst Park, having recently returned to Jurgen Klopp's starting XI in place of Georginio Wijnaldum.

Alberto Moreno also started after replacing the absent James Milner and he provided the cross from which Can scored.

Can told Liverpool's official website: "I'm very happy that I scored a goal because in the last few games I had chances and didn't score.

"I'm very happy that I scored after such a long time.

"You can see we have a very strong squad.

"Alberto did very well. He is a very good player and he played with confidence, that's what we need. He did his job very well."

Sunderland equal worst start in Premier League history

Sunderland head coach David Moyes. Credit: PA

Defeat to Arsenal on Saturday left Sunderland with two points from 10 Premier League games, equalling the lowest ever total at that stage.

Draws with Southampton and West Brom and eight defeats have seen David Moyes' side match the unwanted record set by Manchester City in 1995, a very different era for City.

Alexis Sanchez's second goal of the match, to seal Arsenal's 4-1 win, also left Sunderland's goal difference at minus-13 - one worse than City that season to edge them for the worst record.

That City team recovered to an extent, finishing on 38 points and being relegated on goal difference alone behind Southampton and Coventry.

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