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Schmeichel Keeps Clean Sheet Despite Broken Hand

After Leicester City boss Claudio Rainieri had lauded praise upon his number one Kasper Schmeichel following his performance against FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, the fact that the Premier League champions came away with a goalless draw was made all the more impressive by the news that the Danish goalkeeper broke a bone in his hand during the match.

Schmeichel now faces a lengthy spell on the side-lines with the injury, with Ranieri having to come to terms with the prospect of being without his goalkeeper for six to eight weeks.

Leicester themselves are now just a step away from the next round of the Champions League, with the surprise title winners from last season becoming the first team in the competition to keep clean sheets in their first four games. Having won the Premier League for the first time in their history, as well as all but securing their participation in the latter stages of Europe’s premier club competition, supporters at the King Power Stadium must feel like they have won the jackpot at Kewl Casino. Despite struggling during the defence of their domestic crown, Leicester have won three of their four Champions League matches, requiring just a single point to reach the last 16.

Having signed a new five-year deal with Leicester back in August, and having made over 200 appearances for the club since his arrival from Leeds United back in 2011, Schmeichel will now have to watch on as German international Ron-Robert Zieler fills his boots for the upcoming weeks. With the Dane having kept 15 clean sheets during last year’s Premier League campaign, Zieler certainly has a lot to live up to, starting at home to West Bromich Albion this weekend.

Meanwhile, Ranieri’s and his teams exploits over the last twelve months have certainly not gone unnoticed, with the Italian on the shortlist for the Fifa Coach of the Year award. Ranieri finds himself up against the likes of Wales boss Chris Coleman, Luis Enrique, Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane among others. The winner will be crowned by both the public and both captains and coaches of national teams.

Elsewhere, Jamie Vardy failed to find the back of the net once again in the Champions League this week, his 12th consecutive game without a goal, and former European football of the year Michael Owen has questioned his talent. The former Liverpool and Real Madrid man has stated that Vardy is not a natural goal scorer, and is ‘lucky’ in front of goal, despite his dramatic rise from the lower leagues to Premier League champion.

 

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