English Premiership

Fuchs: Leicester can cope without AFCON trio

2017-01-04 17:09
Riyad Mahrez (TEAMtalk)

Leicester - Leicester defender Christian Fuchs admits the Premier League champions are losing some of their best players to the Africa Cup of Nations, but feels they have the depth to cope.

Club Player of the Season Riyad Mahrez as well as record signing Islam Slimani will represent Algeria at the tournament in Gabon, while central midfielder Daniel Amartey will be playing for Ghana.

Another Ghana international, Jeff Schlupp, has not been selected by Black Stars manager Avram Grant.

The tournament kicks off on January 14, with the final set of fixtures to take place on February 5, and several Premier League clubs are set to be without some key African players for the next few weeks.

But Fuchs believes the English champions have a good enough squad to cope.

"These are very essential players for us. We can talk about how it will hurt us and make us weaker but it is the time for the other guys to step up and show they are needed,” the left-back told the Leicester Mercury.

"That is why we have a squad and to put in performances. They have to show they should be in the starting 11.

"For example Andy King, he is a great servant to the club. He has been here such a long time and always plays his part."

Leicester next face Everton in an all-Premier League FA Cup third-round clash on Saturday at Goodison Park with kick off scheduled at 17:00.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Friday, 25 October 2019
Southampton v Leicester City, St. Mary's Stadium 21:00
Saturday, 26 October 2019
Manchester City v Aston Villa, Etihad Stadium 13:30
West Ham United v Sheffield United, London Stadium 16:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton, The American Express Community Stadium 16:00
Watford v AFC Bournemouth, Vicarage Road 16:00
Burnley v Chelsea, Turf Moor 18:30
Sunday, 27 October 2019
Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers, St. James' Park 16:00
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur, Anfield 18:30
Norwich City v Manchester United, Carrow Road 18:30
Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Emirates Stadium 18:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.