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Summer signing Vicente Iborra will not make his Leicester City debut at Arsenal after suffering a groin strain in training.
The Spaniard joins fellow central midfielder Danny Drinkwater on the sidelines, cutting Craig Shakespeare’s options in the centre of the park to Wilfred Ndidi, Matty James, Andy King and Daniel Amartey, though the latter has played all of pre-season in defence.
Robert Huth is also out, having not featured in pre-season following an ankle surgery at the beginning of July, but Shakespeare says the German centre-back is ahead of schedule.
Meanwhile Kelechi Iheanacho is training fully despite the knock he suffered against Borussia Monchengladbach.
“Vicente Iborra picked up a groin strain the other day in training, so he will miss Friday’s game.
“But on a positive note, Kelechi trained fully after his little knock against Borussia Monchengladbach.
“And Robert Huth is back in full training, which is a real plus for us because we thought Robert would be out more time, but he’s joined in and he will get some game-time with the under-23s on Monday, which is well ahead of schedule. He’s raring to go.
“Papy Mendy is back training. We get one or two back, we lose one or two – that’s the way the world is at the moment in terms of the injuries.”