Leicester City fullback Danny Simpson is back in full training and in line to return to the Foxes first team against Southampton at the weekend.
After an injury layoff that has seen him miss a few matches before returning to two frustrating defeats at the hands of Chelsea and Manchester United, Leicester City fullback Danny Simpson is set to make his return as the Foxes host Southampton at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
After witnessing the Leicester “Blue Army,” help to push the side to their first ever home victory in the UEFA Champions League over FC Porto in mid-week, Simpson believes the club’s fans can make the difference against the Saints as well.
"“With the crowd behind us, on our day at home we can beat anyone. I’m not sure when the last league game we lost at home was, but we make it tough for teams coming here.This season especially that will be important. We’ve found it tough at times away from home so home form will be massive for us.”"
Simpson hit the nail on the head with his statement about the importance of home form this
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season as the defending English champions are struggling to keep their form on all fronts this year.
The post championship bug is hitting them hard and at times it has seemed like last season was more of a fluke than the Foxes would want anyone to believe.
Leicester’s victory over Porto came ironically after the manager that helped propel them to stardom just over a decade ago, Jose Mourinho, was the architect of Leicester’s most recent away disappointment.
Simpson knows just how important it was for the side to get back to winning ways as he made comment of that in his pre-match interview with Leicester’s official website.
"We were delighted. It’s important to get back to winning ways especially after a disappointing result.The good thing about this season is that you’ve got a game three days later to get the game before out of your mind and out of your legs.That first Champions League game at King Power Stadium was special for everyone involved.”"
While most players and clubs seem to not be a fan of the closeness of matches when European competitions are involved, the history of so many Leicester players having been in the lower leagues within the last several seasons, they are used to games every three to four days.
Lastly ahead of this weekend Simpson knows he will be likely coming face o face with his former Queens Park Rangers teammate, Charlie Austin, whom joined Southampton this season.
The in-form striker has hit five goals in his last four games for the Saints and will be looking to continue his rich vein of form.
With Austin up top and the Saints equally tough defensive record, the Foxes will have their work cut out for them and they will be glad to have Simpson back to his best.