Craig Shakespeare confirms Leicester star will not play again this season

first_img Danny Drinkwater Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been ruled out for the rest of the season. The England international has suffered a thigh strain and will miss the Foxes’ final three matches, starting at Manchester City on Saturday. But he is likely to be available for the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifier in Scotland and friendly against France in June – although has pulled out of the last three squads through injury.Drinkwater picked up a knock in training last Friday, coming off as a precaution in last week’s 3-0 win over Watford, and is expected to be out for around four weeks. Boss Craig Shakespeare said: “Drinkwater has a thigh strain, I don’t expect him to play again this season.“He has had niggles with a hip flexor and this injury is a different complexion. We need to give him time to recover from this.“He had a scan and it is a grade one (strain). We need to give him time to get over it but it’s weeks rather than months.”Drinkwater’s injury adds to Shakespeare’s growing injury problems with Robert Huth also struggling to face City and Nampalys Mendy sidelined after ankle surgery. Wes Morgan is also out as he has failed to recover from the hamstring injury which has forced him to miss the last three games. “Huth has a foot injury, he didn’t train today and went for a scan. We’ll get the results this evening but he’s a doubt for this Saturday,” said Shakespeare.“Wes is not going to be fit, it’s slower than I anticipated and I don’t want to rush him. He’s the type of player and trainer who has not missed many games and it’s taken him longer than he thought.“If he’s ready for the last two games then fine but if not he will not be rushed.”The Foxes secured Premier League survival by beating Watford and could finish in the top 10 after battling relegation for most of the season.Shakespeare added: “I want to finish as high as possible, the players want to finish as high as possible and to do that we still need that drive and determination.” 1last_img read more

Sorenstam remains in hunt

first_img Hall of Famer Beth Daniel is 6 under in a group of four players, including Marisa Baena, who had an ace Sunday on the par-4, 154-yard fourth hole. Recent Pepperdine All-American Katherine Hull is at 5-under par, tied with three others. Two-time defending Office Depot champion Annika Sorenstam and former USC star Kim Saiki are part of a three-way tie at 4 under. Sorenstam and Saiki have four holes to play. All the rest have at least five, with 10 remaining for Han, Icher and Jang in competition scheduled to resume today at 8 a.m. “It’s unfortunate for the fans and the event that we have had a little bit of tough weather,” Gulbis said, “because it’s such a good golf course.” Said Sorenstam, the seven-time LPGA Tour Player of the Year who entered the Office Depot with 63 career tour victories: “It was another long day. I thought I played pretty good, though. I hit a lot of good shots and putted well, but it’s a tricky golf course.” Jang, who was tied for the lead before taking a double bogey on her final hole Sunday the par-3 seventh was happy with her placement but unhappy her putting. “My short putting is not really good,” she said. “I’m hoping to be better (today). The wind was in my face. Hopefully, (today) will be different.” Gulbis is getting used to different. “Most of the rounds have been pieced together,” she said of an event that has had play halted by darkness after each of its three days. “I don’t think I’ve played a full 18 yet.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Seventeen players enter extra time today within five shots of leader Han, who holds a two-stroke lead over second-round co-leader Katrine Icher and Catriona Matthew. “I’m happy with my position,” said Matthew, who started the tournament 69-68 and closed Sunday with a birdie on her 11th hole. “It was nice to finish with a birdie.” The Office Depot challengers reflect the quality of this latest edition of the tournament, which is playing at its third venue in five years in Los Angeles and attracted 29 of the tour’s top 30 players for the occasion. Eleven of those leading money winners remain in contention on a course where a bad bounce and there have been plenty of them can result in a quick bogey or worse. Weetibix Women’s British Open champion Jeong Jang is one of four players at 7-under-par, including Natalie Gulbis, the 22-year-old U.S. Solheim Cup team member who is bidding for her first tour victory. Leader Hee-Won Han, 9 under par for the tournament thanks in large part to a 65-68 start, got in just eight holes Sunday before play was halted at 6:28 p.m. because of darkness. “It was cold out there,” she said. “I’m tired. I’m better off playing (today). My plan is to do the same thing I’ve been doing, to play aggressive (today) and enjoy myself.” center_img RANCHO PALOS VERDES — One of the best fields of the LPGA season will try again today to finish the Office Depot Championship, which might wind up in the tour record book for the tournament that produced the fewest complete rounds in a single day. All 78 cut survivors will be back in action at Trump National Golf Club, which has combined fog and wind with its traditional fare of spectacular views, tricky bounces and difficult greens, to stretch an extra day out of the tour’s first stop at the oceanside course. last_img read more