Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs is set to see a specialist after suffering a ‘freak accident’ in training ahead of the Foxes’ clash with Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend.
Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare revealed that the Austrian had suffered an eye injury and could be missing the match against David Wagner’s high-flying Terriers.
Talking in his pre-match press conference, Shakespeare revealed:
"“Whether [Saturday] is too far, we’ll see. Christian unfortunately picked up an eye injury. It was a freak accident in training. A pole flicked up and hit him in the eye.“It was a real freak accident. He’s seeing a specialist this afternoon [Thursday] and we are going to wait and review that to see what the report is.“It was nasty at the time. It’s cleared up at the moment. Until he sees the specialist, I would like to hold back and see how he is.“He’s looked better on Wednesday and Thursday but, whether he’s available on Saturday, it’ll be touch and go.”"
Fuchs’ possible absence at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon could potentially be a real blow as the former champions look to notch their second victory of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.
Since joining the club on a free transfer from FC Schalke 04 back in 2015, the now 31-year-old has been a virtual ever-present. The defender has made 87 appearances in all competitions for the Foxes, scoring twice and adding a further ten assists.
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He was a key player as the team lifted the Premier League title in 2015/16 and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League last term.
The Austria international has started every league game so far this season but has been part of one of the leakiest defences in the Premier League; the Foxes have conceded eight goals in only four games.
Fuchs looks set to be replaced by youngster Ben Chilwell in the Leicester City line-up. The 20-year-old is expected to enjoy a breakthrough campaign at the King Power Stadium, having steadily progressed through the Foxes’ academy.
Chilwell has so far made 23 appearances for his boyhood club, with his debut coming in an EFL Cup defeat to Championship outfit Hull City back in October 2015. He has scored one goal for the Foxes – a close-range finish in a 6-1 demolition at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
He ironically could come up against his former club on Saturday, having enjoyed an eight-game loan spell at Huddersfield Town during the early part of the 2015/16 campaign.
There is currently no timescale on when Christian Fuchs could potentially return from injury.