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Saturday 10 December 2016

Ranieri: Kapustka must wait

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri
Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri

Bartosz Kapustka has been told he must continue to work hard and bide his time as he awaits his chance to impress at Leicester.

The Poland international midfielder, who played in all four of his country's games at Euro 2016, has yet to make his senior debut for the Premier League champions since his £7.5million summer move from Cracovia back in his homeland.

He has featured in only two match-day squads, in the opening Premier League game at Hull and the EFL Cup defeat to Chelsea, but never came off the bench and the 19-year-old has played just a handful of matches for the Under-23 side.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri wants to give Kapustka, and fellow summer signing Ahmed Musa, plenty of time to adapt to English football but he believes both players will prove valuable additions for the Foxes, even if they are not ready just yet.

''He is more or less the same as Musa. Both are very fast and very strong but they have to understand the Premier League,'' said Ranieri, whose side return to Premier League action at home to Crystal Palace today.

Ranieri will check on the fitness of captain Wes Morgan (hip), midfielder Andy King (shin) and striker Jamie Vardy (groin) before finalising his plans for the visit of Palace.

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