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Hughes' Shawcross Hope

Ryan Shawcross

MARK HUGHES has revealed Ryan Shawcross is a slight injury doubt for this weekend’s Premier League encounter against Leicester City.

The skipper made a return from a troublesome back injury against AFC Bournemouth last month, before producing a man of the match winning display in the side’s 1-0 triumph at Watford last time out.

However, he suffered a slight thigh injury down at Vicarage Road - one that is threatening his participation in Saturday lunchtime’s live televised encounter.

“Ryan Shawcross has a little issue with his thigh which we are hoping resolves itself,” the Welshman said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“We want to keep as near as possible to what we went with at Watford, but we have a few bumps and bruises, and Ryan is obviously one of those.

“He didn’t feel it during the game but came in Sunday and Monday and felt a bit of discomfort, and as a result he hasn’t trained so much this week."

“We are hopeful he will be ok though, although we have the option of Bruno Martins Indi, who is fit and available, to come in if Ryan doesn’t make it.”

The Dutch international’s return coincides with Geoff Cameron’s absence, with the United States star set to remain sidelined for the fixture at the bet365 Stadium through concussion.

“Geoff is still suffering from concussion, which is taking a little longer than we hoped,” Hughes added.

“We always feel better when Geoff is around given his versatility to cover any number of positions. 

“However, there is protocol and he has had to undertake some tests, which have come back showing he still isn’t quite ready to come back into consideration.”