Kasper Schmeichel fractures hand in Champions League match

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Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could miss up to six weeks after suffering a broken hand in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with FC Copenhagen in Champions League play.

Schmeichel was fantastic during the match, keeping Andreas Cornelius out in the dying minutes of the game, but it came at a cost. According to the club, Schmeichel will see a specialist when the club returns to England, having suffered the injury while coming off his line for a punch just 30 minutes into the game, and played on the injury for the final hour. Reports have estimated that Schmeichel could be out roughly four to six weeks while he recovers.

Leicester manager Claudio Raneiri hailed Schmeichel as “strong, assured and commands the defensive line” following the Copenhagen draw, and said “I always say yes, yes, yes. My players are the best.”

Schmeichel has been a big part of Leicester’s ability to become the first team in Champions League history to keep clean sheets in their first four matches. Things have been a bit different in league play, however, with just one win and one clean sheet in their last five.

Losing Schmeichel would be a big blow, but the club prepared for this possibility over the summer, bringing in Ron-Robert Zieler from Hannover who will likely take over in the Dane’s absence. Zieler has made three Premier League appearances for Leicester this year in place of Schmeichel, taking charge of the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 win over Burnley and a 4-1 loss to Manchester United.