Leicester boss Ranieri: Drinkwater sorry over ban

Leicester boss Ranieri: Drinkwater sorry over ban

Danny Drinkwater has accepted a Football Association charge of violent conduct and the Leicester City midfielder will serve an immediate three-match ban.

Drinkwater appeared to elbow Watford's Valon Behrami during his side's 2-1 Premier League defeat on Saturday.

Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action at the time of the incident, but a video review panel of former elite referees decided it was a sending-off offence.

Danny Drinkwater starts his three-game ban for Leicester against Middlesbrough, but record signing Islam Slimani is set to return.

"He made a mistake, so it's right to accept it", said Ranieri. He is so sorry, but that is the law and we accept.

"It's much better he continues to train without doing anything more". Of course he's not happy, but he's OK. It's hard to say what we'll miss. Let us play and then after the match I will say "we missed this, this and this". "It is important that the group, together, supports this fate".

Leicester go into the Boro clash on the back of a 2-1 win over Club Brugge that sealed their place in the knockout phase of the Champions League, but Ranieri has urged his players to put European football to the back of their minds. Mendy will not be fit enough to play against Middlesbrough though, said Ranieri.

Andy King and Daniel Amartey are now the only available central midfielders at Ranieri's disposal after the Italian confirmed that Matty James is still not ready to play.

"We have some good players, my squad is good".