Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has provided positive fitness updates on both goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and midfield summer signing Nampalys Mendy ahead of the Foxes' Premier League meeting with Southampton on Sunday.
Schmeichel has continued to recover and improve his fitness since making a comeback against Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night and Ranieri is happy with the Dane's progress.
"Kasper is okay and he trained very well today," the manager said as he addressed the media on Friday. "Zieler played very well and gave me very good tranquillity. I'm happy."
The more significant update concerns Mendy, the club record signing from Nice until the later buys of Ahmed Musa and Islam Slimani.
The French midfielder hasn't been since suffering an ankle problem on his debut against Arsenal back in August. But he's back training and Ranieri is expecting a return to the pitch by the time the domestic schedule picks up after the upcoming international break.
"Mendy has come back," Ranieri said.
"Today he made a normal training session. Maybe he's not ready to play from the beginning but he's getting better. I'm sure after the international break he’s ready."
Ranieri was also questioned this week about Jamie Vardy's recent revelation about drinking a glass of port the night before every game last season. He's also known to drink Red Bull and strong coffee on the day of games.
But the Italian remains unconcerned about any physical effect the practice could have and is treating it is as nothing more than a harmless superstition.
"Jamie has a fantastic career, from non-league to national team. I don't believe port can do something. It is a glass of red wine. It is OK. For me it is only superstition, nothing more," Ranieri said.
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