Leicester manager defends club over Schlupp situation

Nigel Pearson has defended the club over the current situation regarding Jeffrey Schlupp.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has defended the club over the situation with Jeffrey Schlupp, according to Sky Sports.

The versatile player scored a stoppage-time winner at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon to send his side into the fifth round of the FA Cup and claim a dramatic 2-1 win.

However, Schlupp was originally selected for Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations squad, before being ruled out of the tournament because of a knee injury. He is now back in action and Sky claim that his country are unhappy about the situation.

“We operated well within our rights,” said Pearson.

“The regulations are there to protect players, clubs and national sides, and we have been totally transparent about the situation throughout. He did not take part in their training camp and on medical grounds was advised not to fly. The Ghana federation had an independent medical assessment done, and they came to exactly the same conclusion.”

The Leicester manager was also full of praise for his side after their win at White Hart Lane. Despite going down to a penalty from Andros Townsend, a goal from Leonardo Ulloa and the late strike from Schlupp saw his Leicester side advance in the cup at the expense of Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Pearson is now hoping that his side, who currently sit bottom of the Premier League table, can use the win to build momentum and push away from the relegation zone in the second half of the season.

"It was a really good win for us, because we need to find a way to win more games," he said.

"I know they (Spurs) made a lot of changes but hopefully this will be a positive influence for the rest of the season. When you see how many of our fans made the journey down today and the rapport between the players and themselves, it’s a real boost for the players to know that the supporters are behind us.”

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