Date: 21st March 2017 at 8:49am
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Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has admitted the squad need a break so he’s obviously concerned about those out on international duty now.

With a clear turn in form following his appointment as caretaker manager with the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Shakespeare now holds the role in his own right until at least the end of the campaign and with three straight Premier League victories to his name plus Champions League progression against Sevilla, it hasn’t been a bad spell at all so far.

Speaking to the Leicester Mercury with the players now off on their travels for the international break in March, Shakespeare admitted the group had certainly needed some down time given their efforts over the last four games, but he was rightly worried about those representing their countries coming back tired or worse still, injured.

‘I think it is good for us because the exploits over the past couple of weeks and the energy we have had to use. It is coming at a good time. Of course we have players away on international duty, so you are always frightened of them coming back injured.’

Shakey went on to say.

‘We need them coming back healthy and fit, but in terms of the others it gives us the opportunity to rest them and have a few training days and a few recovery days.’

With Danny Drinkwater ruling himself out of contention for England this time round with him carrying a slight injury for the last few weeks, skipper Wes Morgan missed out against West Ham with a back injury and it become only the second time he missed a Premier League game following our promotion.

Shakespeare went on to say though it was part of the game and it’s down to players, like Yohan Benalouane, to step up and take their chance when opportunities come along.

‘Wes hadn’t trained since Sevilla so we knew it was possibility. We gave him the time but it was too much. Anyone who is given a chance they have to take the opportunity. They have to take it and I thought Yohan was very steady for his first Premier League game.’

Let’s hope for the simplest outcome possible – everybody returns fit and raring to go!

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