Leicester City have two number ones, Rodgers declares

Brendan Rodgers insists he has two number ones at Leicester City as Danny Ward’s wait for a first Premier League game with the club goes on.

Kasper Schmeichel is set to make his 400th appearance for City this weekend, the Dane playing every league game over the past two-and-a-half seasons since Ward’s £12m arrival from Liverpool.

That means the Welsh understudy has been limited to just 12 appearances for City, in the League Cup, FA Cup, and Europa League.

He has performed well in those outings, particularly during his debut campaign when his penalty shoot-out heroics helped City reach the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

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And Rodgers has said his limited appearances are not due to his quality, the manager expressing total trust in his goalkeeping deputy.

“I think he knows it’s not because of his quality,” Rodgers said on Ward’s wait for a first Premier League appearance. “I have total trust in Danny if anything ever happened to Kasper.

“I’m very fortunate here where I believe I have a number one goalkeeper as my number two.

“I knew Danny when he was a young goalkeeper at Liverpool, I knew his qualities then, he went and got experience at Aberdeen, did great at Huddersfield, and I think Leicester did great in getting him here.

“He’s very competitive. He will want the opportunities, but he’s also respectful, and he’s been a very loyal number two in his time here.

“Anytime he’s played, he’s been a class act. He trains hard every day, and in any top club, if you want to be competitive, you certainly need at least two top goalkeepers and for me, I’m very fortunate here with the group of goalkeepers that I have, and in particular with Danny, who I see as a number one goalkeeper.”

In Ward’s 12 appearances, he has conceded just seven goals, keeping seven clean sheets.

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