Things haven’t been going quite to plan over the last few weeks for Leicester City, who were probably looking to this international break as a chance to get things back under control. They can't then have been pleased to see this news, regarding star man Danny Drinkwater:
In a statement on their website, The FA say Drinkwater has withdrawn "through injury"— BBC Leicester Sport (@BBCRLSport) November 7, 2016
This will be particularly disappointing for Danny, as he has a chance to establish himself a place in the side with a new manager to impress, but he’s now missed the last two international breaks through injury.
The good news, however, is that this injury is not deemed to be serious. He has bruised ribs, which will keep him out of these fixtures, but his fitness for the Foxes’ next fixture against Watford is not thought to be in doubt.
This is great news for all Leicester fans. Yes, his misplaced backpass was to blame for the winning goal in the West Brom debacle, but he’s been our best player this season, even without a regular parter beside him.
The combattive midfielder has made the most tackles in the Premier League so far this season, while playing more passes than all but two players (Jordan Henderson and Fernandinho).
Drinkwater’s club and international teammate, Jamie Vardy, might not be enjoying as strong a season, so far, but he is expected to start for his country in their friendly against Spain on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Demarai Gray, another Englishman, this time representing the under 21 side, managed to get on the score sheet against Italy, but unfortunately has also had to return to Leicester with an undisclosed injury.
Ahmed Musa, Riyad Marrez, Islam Slimani and on loan Tom Lawrence have also represented their countries this week, with Musa and Mahrez picking up assists.