Nampalys Mendy nearing Leicester City return following ankle injury
By Jordan Brown
Last Updated: 30/09/16 5:28pm
Leicester midfielder Nampalys Mendy is in contention to make a first appearance in over a month after struggling with an ankle injury.
Manager Claudio Ranieri has confirmed the 24-year-old Frenchman, who signed from Nice in the summer, could make just his third appearance of the season at home to Southampton on Sunday after picking up the knock against Arsenal on August 20.
Ranieri also disclosed that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is in contention for a first Premier League start in three weeks following a number of fitness issues.
"Mendy has come back and everybody is okay. I think he is available," said the Italian. "He had a normal training session, but maybe he is not ready to play from the beginning although he is getting better and I'm sure he will be ready after the international break. Schmeichel will also be ready."
Schmeichel played the full 90 minutes of Leicester's Champions League victory over Porto in midweek, and Ranieri is keen for his side to take their consistency in Europe into the defence of their Premier League title.
"It'll be a very tough match for us. Now we're up and down, and in the Premier League we play so-so, but in the Champions League we've been good so far," he added.
"But I want consistency. Consistency was one of the key parts of last season and I want to see my players with the same fighting spirit as the last match. There's no magic formula but, it's important to maintain the same concentration.
"I hope to take clean sheets from matches in a row. It'll be very good for us because, when you have a clean sheet, you increase your confidence, stay solid and get better.
"But I think now we are ready to be more attentive and concentrated during the match. It's important for us to take confidence and make a good link with each other. I can say to my players 'you don't do your job' but, no, everybody is doing a very good job, but not together."