‘It isn’t right’: Dean Smith criticises Leicester’s schedule, with the Foxes due to play their next FOUR games on a Monday night – which he claims ‘adds pressure’ in the battle to avoid the drop
- Leicester are set to play on Monday evening for the next four weeks of fixtures
- Dean Smith bemoaned the schedule and said that he did not agree with it
- The Foxes face having to navigate the run-in without Kelechi Iheanacho
Dean Smith has questioned the fixture schedule and feels it put extra pressure on Leicester in the survival race.
The Foxes play their next four games on Monday nights – starting with the visit of relegation rivals Everton on May 1.
They then go to Fulham, due to the King’s coronation, host Liverpool and travel to Newcastle while having to wait to see if other results go against them.
They slipped back into the Premier League’s bottom three this week and Smith feels the fixture run is not fair, with the Foxes already a point from safety.
‘I’m not so sure that I agree with the scheduling when there’s a lot of big games being played and there’s a lot of teams who are involved in getting out of a relegation battle,’ said the Leicester boss.
Dean Smith has bemoaned Leicester’s schedule with the club set to play on Monday evening for the next four rounds of games
The Leicester boss said that it ‘isn’t right’ they will have to play after their rivals for the next four weeks
Smith admitted that the scheduling will add further pressure to the shoulders of his players
‘To be playing after everybody isn’t right, personally, with the scheduling. It is what it is and we deal with that.
‘I don’t believe you’ve got any choice in it, once broadcasters have picked which games they’re going to broadcast, you’re stuck with it unfortunately.
‘It’s just a bit odd that we’re playing four Monday night games on the spin.
‘It does (add pressure), because the table can look very different after some fixtures and you’re having to react to that, I suppose, in some games.
‘We can’t do anything about that, all we can do is concentrate on ourselves and look to get wins, especially at home.’
Meanwhile, Kelechi Iheanacho faces a race to be fit for Leicester’s survival run-in.
The striker injured his groin in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Leeds and could miss the final five games.
Iheanacho has scored twice in Smith’s opening three matches and suffered the injury helping to set up Jamie Vardy’s leveller at Elland Road.
There is a hope he will recover in time to play a part in the battle to beat the drop, with the Foxes back in the bottom three ahead of the visit of Everton.
Leicester face having to tackle the run-in without Kelechi Iheanacho has torn his adductor muscle
Smith said: ‘He’s not great, he’s got a tear in his adductor muscle. It’s significant enough. I’m not going to rule him out for the rest of the season but it will be tough to get him back. Hopefully we can.
‘He’s disappointed, scored two goals and was putting in good performances. Like always, it gives opportunities for others.
‘It’s a blow, he came on at half-time against Man City and did ever so well. He did well in the Wolves game, scored the penalty, and his all-round displays have been really good.’
Jonny Evans should return to training on Saturday but Ricardo Pereira remains out with a hamstring injury.
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