Ranieri hails Leicester captain after overcoming illness

The Foxes captain has played every minute of every Premier League game this season.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri hailed his team captain - Wes Morgan, for shaking off an illness before leading his team out and scoring the winning goal against Southampton yesterday.

The Italian praised Morgan's changing room influence, as reported by ESPN:

"Wes is fantastic, he is a strong man and a good example for everyone. When he speaks everyone listens."

The former Chelsea manager also spoke of how he gave Morgan a couple of days off over the international break, only for the Leicester skipper to return to training a little under the weather:

"He came back on Friday and was cold and tired."

However, the ex-Nottingham Forest man's never-say-die attitude enabled him to take to the field and help his side move seven points clear of Tottenham at the top of the table.

Morgan, 32, has been an instrumental figure in Leicester's miraculous season. The more pressurised the games become, the more influence Morgan seems to have, and he has been a key component in his side's run of conceding just five goals in their last 10 Premier League games.

ESPN reported how Ranieri went on to praise his team's focus following on from Tottenham dropping points the day before:

"It was a good answer to the Premier League because now everybody is waiting for us after the Liverpool vs. Tottenham draw. We gave a very good answer. I am very calm.

"We believe in what we are doing, we believe it's a magical season and believe next season won't be the same, but then we try. We try to do our best. Other teams can win 3-0, 4-0, we have to fight to win 1-0. We must be focused in our way.''

The Foxes travel to relegation candidates - Sunderland this weekend, with many predicting a win could secure the league title.

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