Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will be out for up to six weeks after injuring his hand in the scoreless draw against FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old Danish international broke his hand after punching the ball in the first half. He played the whole game, but was taken to hospital after the match where an x-ray showed the break. The Foxes issued a statement on their official website confirming the injury to the Copenhagen native.
“Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is set for a spell on the sidelines after fracturing his hand in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League draw in Copenhagen,” the statement read.
“The Denmark international injured his right hand during the first half of the goalless draw at Parken Stadium and will see a specialist upon returning to the UK with the rest of the squad on Thursday.”
Schmeichel could face up to six weeks on the sidelines depending on if the injury needs surgery or not. If the injury requires surgery, he’s looking at six weeks out, if it doesn’t then he’s expected to be back in about a month. The point in Denmark brought Leicester’s total up to 10 points in four matches, and they have an excellent chance of moving onto the knockout stages of the Champions League. They are yet to concede a goal in the tournament.
Ron-Robert Zieler will take over for Schmeichel in the net. The 27-year-old German was brought in during the summer from Bundesliga side Hannover.