Premier League: Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki could return to squad for clash against Bournemouth

London: Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki could return to the squad for Saturday’s Premier League match against Bournemouth after shaking off a knee injury that has kept him out for three games, manager Claude Puel said on Thursday.

Japan international Okazaki last featured for Leicester in the 1-1 draw with Swansea City on 3 February and missed league games against Manchester City and Stoke City and the FA Cup fifth-round win over Sheffield United.

 Premier League: Leicester Citys Shinji Okazaki could return to squad for clash against Bournemouth

File image of Leicester City's Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki. AFP

“He came back this week with the squad and we will see tomorrow if he can come into the (matchday) squad for the next game or not,” Puel told reporters on Thursday.

“I will see if he is match fit or not... there are no other injuries,” the Frenchman added.

Leicester are eighth in the league with 36 points after nine wins, nine draws and 10 defeats. They are winless in four league matches, drawing both their home games in that period.

”A lot of teams come here with a strong defensive unit. We need to put them under pressure with good intensity,“ Puel said. ”We’ve lost some important points.

“We had a good month in January but it was more difficult in February. We need more consistency.”

Bournemouth are 11th in the league with 32 points.

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Updated Date: Mar 02, 2018 00:12:20 IST