Leicester City boss, Claudio Ranieri has been talking ahead of the weekend’s match against Norwich and has spoken about the fitness concerns he has, including top scorer, Jamie Vardy.
Jeffrey Schlupp hasn’t played since December 5th but has returned to training this week.
‘Schlupp has come back and he`s trained fully with us,” Ranieri told his club’s official website. “I don`t know now [whether he will be in the squad to face Norwich] because it`s just the first week with us but it`s good to see him back.
“Amartey isn’t 100 per cent, no, but he`s ready. He played against Manchester City in the Under-21s. He played 90 minutes.
“I hope now he`s (Jamie Vardy) 80 per cent and in the next matches he arrives at 100 per cent.”
Danny Simpson is missing through suspension, giving his manager a quandary at right back.
Ranieri added: “I can put [Marcin] Wasilewski again [at right back], I can put Amartey, I can put [Marc] Albrighton maybe. I have one day more to think about it.
“Of course when you change something, something different [happens]. But I think the squad must repair everything, cover everything. When you play with 11, you can cover.”
Ranieri’s men have had a two week break with the former Chelsea manager giving his squad the first week off. A break that he expects will help re-energise his squad.
“They are refreshed and they are ready for the fight,” Ranieri said of his players` fitness. “I told to them the Arsenal match is easier than against Norwich.
“It`s a big battle Saturday and we must be concentrated. I think Arsenal think to play and want to win.
‘Also for the mentality, you are very concentrated against Arsenal but I want to see my players [show] the same concentrate – very hungry, because we lost the match at the last second [against Arsenal].
Norwich were narrowly beaten 1-2 by Leicester at Carrow Road in September and Ranieri expects something similar this time.
Wary of the threat the Canaries pose, Ranieri added: “I remember the first match, we had great chances at the beginning. We scored twice but then they fought a lot. They put a lot of balls into our box. We conceded a goal and they continued to press well.
“I am expecting the same match. They will want to play close and they will want to counter attack. They have good players who can play forward and they will try to put the ball to [Dieumerci] Mbokani. We must be very concentrated and focused on our job.’