Leicester City assistant provides Matt Upson fitness update

Leicester City's assistant manager Craig Shakespeare has provided a discouraging fitness update on Matthew Upson.

Leicester City assistant manager Craig Shakespeare says that Matthew Upson is not close to making a return to action.

Upson was brought in by Nigel Pearson to add experience to the Foxes' back-line this summer, after his contract at Brighton and Hove Albion expired but he has not been able to make his debut yet.

The centre-back picked up an injury over pre-season and it has been a frustrating time as the England international looks to make an impression at his new club.

It looks like his time on the sidelines is not set to be finished any time soon, either, and Shakespeare has revealed that a comeback is still some way off.

“He isn’t close,” he said to the Leicester Mercury.

“He has been outside with us but we have to be patient with him. It is early doors.

“I think we are a while away from having him available for a game.”

Leicester have coped well in Upson's absence and when he is available for selection once again there are no guarantees he will be included straight into the side.

Wes Morgan and Liam Moore have formed an excellent partnership at the heart of the Leicester defence and displacing either will be tough.

The Foxes have made a brilliant start to Premier League life after gaining promotion last season.

The side have come through a tough run of fixtures with a healthy return of points and they will be hoping to continue to put distance between themselves and the relegation zone after the international break.

Their first game when club football starts against comes against a struggling Newcastle United side and Pearson's men will be looking to inflict further punishment on the Tyneside outfit when they take them on. 

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