Stoke v Leicester team news, including Affelay and Schmeichel updates

Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel

Mark Hughes and Claudio Ranieri have provided updates on the fitness of their respective squads ahead of Saturday's Premier League meeting.

Both Stoke and Leicester have injury concerns to contend with as they prepare to meet in a mid-table clash at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking to the Potters official website, Mark Hughes has confirmed that Ibrahim Affelay is stepping up his return from a serious knee injury, with the Dutchman set to play for the club's Under-23 side today.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela in action with Stoke's Ibrahim AfellayTottenham's Erik Lamela in action with Stoke's Ibrahim Afellay

The former Barcelona man has not played since picking up the injury against Manchester City in April, but will play against Newcastle's youngsters this afternoon.

“He has been back in the building for a while now working incredibly hard to get back up to speed and if we can get 60 minutes out of him today, which we hope to do, then that will be a big boost to him," Hughes said.

“If he can do that, and come through the game without any problems then he will come into contention for the fixtures over the coming weeks," he added.

Everton's Yannick Bolasie in action with Stoke City's Erik PietersEverton's Yannick Bolasie in action with Stoke City's Erik Pieters

Hughes went on to provide the latest on two of his defenders who have been struggling with knocks.

“Erik Pieters has a little bit of tightness and Marc Muniesa has a slight knee issue, which resulted in him dropping out on Wednesday, but he should be ok," he said.

The hosts will also be without Marko Arnautovic, who will sit out through suspension after being sent off early in the goalless draw with Southampton on Wednesday.

Stoke currently sit in 12th with 20 points from their opening 16 games ahead of their meeting with the champions, who travel to the Potteries with their own injury doubts.

Leicester City's Kasper SchmeichelLeicester City's Kasper Schmeichel

Quoted by the club's official website, Claudio Ranieri admitted he is hopeful that key duo Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Drinkwater will be available for the weekend.

“Kasper Schmeichel trained very well on Thursday,” Ranieri said ahead of Saturday’s clash.

“Kasper is training well and feels good. Today he made a little game between us. I want to see the reaction tomorrow but the hand is okay.”

“I’ll also check Drinkwater tomorrow," he added.

"He has a little problem with his knee from a kick in Porto. He tried to continue then he asked me to change."

Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater in action with Watford's Daryl JanmaatLeicester City's Danny Drinkwater in action with Watford's Daryl Janmaat

Schmeichel has not played since the Champions League tie in his native Copenhagen at the start of November, and his return would provide a boost to a defence that has looked shaky at times this season.

If fit, Drinkwater will battle it out with Andy King - who scored in the emphatic win over Manchester City last weekend - as well as Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy for a starting berth in the centre of midfield.

The Foxes finally lived up to last season's exploits last weekend, but were brought straight back down to earth with a midweek defeat at Bournemouth. Saturday's match represents a stern test for Ranieri's men, who are looking to avoid a fourth consecutive Premier League away defeat.

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