Danny Drinkwater on an FA rap for violent conduct
Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.
The England international faces a three-game ban after he appeared to elbow Watford’s Valon Behrami in the second half of the Foxes’ 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action during the game, but the FA, having been alerted to the footage after it ran on social media on Sunday, has acted after viewing the video.
If banned for the alleged 67th minute incident the 26-year-old would miss matches against Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Manchester City, starting with the visit of Boro to the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
It would be another blow in Leicester’s faltering Premier League season with the defending champions just two points above the relegation zone following defeat at Watford, their sixth of the season.
But Drinkwater (inset) did help them to a 2-1 Champions League win over Club Brugge on Tuesday which booked the Foxes’ place in the last 16 with a game to spare.
He has started every game in every competition this campaign and, if suspended, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri will be left short in midfield with Nampalys Mendy struggling to overcome an ankle injury.
The Italian would have just Andy King and Daniel Amartey as available central midfielders while defenders Robert Huth and Danny Simpson are one caution away from bans.
Meanwhile, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has urged the Foxes to forget their Champions League heroics and focus on escaping Premier League danger.
“It’s very important to top the group, now our minds must go on the Premier League. I want to push my players to think about the Premier League now our job is done,” he said after Tuesday’s victory at the King Power Stadium.
“Now we have to go back in to the Premier League as we are very close to (the) relegation (zone) and we must play at the same level as the Champions League.”
Leicester go to Porto, who drew 0-0 with Copenhagen on Tuesday, next month with their future in the last 16 secure but Ranieri insists he does not mind who they will face.
“It’s not important, believe me. I hope to be there in good condition,” he said.