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Brendan Rodgers heaps praise on Kasper Schmeichel ahead of 400th game

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Saturday's game against Southampton will be a milestone for the Denmark international.
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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has lavished praise on Kasper Schmeichel ahead of the goalkeeper's 400th appearance for the club.

The Denmark international is set to reach the landmark on Saturday night when the Foxes host Southampton in the Premier League.

Rodgers, who has previously described Schmeichel as world-class, hailed the mental strength of the 34-year-old in stepping out of his father's shadow – Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel – and believes his dedication to the game and will to win are what has taken him to the top and made him an inspiration to other players at the club.

"He was always going to be compared to his father, who was one of the world's best, and that was never going to be easy," said Rodgers.

"But I think it really shows you how tough he is mentally. He was probably just known as Peter Schmeichel's son but he has now earned all the praise for himself because of the career he's had.

"His devotion and mentality has really seen him excel at the highest level. He doesn't get tired every day of doing the right things and I can't speak highly enough of him.

"He's super professional and loves training and pushes himself to the limit everyday. He's a great inspiration to the young goalkeepers, and the other players at the club, and he has some old school values, which I really like.

"His spirit is very strong and he wants to win. He's very, very competitive. He wants to win every game in training and he takes that into matches.

"On top of all that, he's a really good guy. He's been a brilliant goalkeeper for me in my time here, and for other managers before me."

Leicester resume their Premier League campaign against a Southampton side who arrive at the King Power Stadium on the back of a victory over champions Liverpool.

Rodgers said: "This is a tough game for us, but it's also an opportunity for us.

"They are very well organised and want to play on the front foot and press the game and they work very hard. They have quality players and an excellent manager, and when you put all that together it makes them a very good team."

Rodgers has been dealt an injury blow with the news that Dennis Praet will be out for around three months after damaging a tendon in his hamstring.

However, top scorer Jamie Vardy and midfielder James Maddison return to the squad after missing the FA Cup win at Stoke.

Right-back Ricardo Pereira (groin), winger Cengiz Under (hamstring) and centre-back Caglar Soyuncu (groin) are also back in contention and could be involved in some capacity on Saturday night, although Rodgers said their returns would be managed "step by step".

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City25185250153559
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd25147453322149
3Leicester CityLeicester25154644271749
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham25136639291045
5Chelsea25127641251643
6Liverpool25117745341140
7Everton2412483733440
8Aston Villa23113937261136
9Tottenham HotspurSpurs24106837271036
10Leeds UnitedLeeds25112124343035
11Arsenal25104113126534
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2596102632-633
13Crystal Palace2595112943-1432
14Southampton2586113143-1230
15Burnley2577111830-1228
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2551192632-626
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2574142643-1725
18Fulham25410112132-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2528151955-3614
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2532201541-2611
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