Ward: Foxes situation "difficult"

15 June 2021 00:08:16 GMTPlus10

Leicester City goalkeeper Danny Ward admits it isn't easy for him to be playing second fiddle to Kasper Schemeichel at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes finished fifth in the Premier League last season, narrowly missing out on Champions League football for a second year running, though they can be backed at 5.50 to make it third time lucky and finish in the top four next term

It is difficult because ultimately goalkeepers are no different to outfield players - everyone wants to play.

Danny Ward

Ward, however, played no part in their top-flight campaign under Brendan Rodgers, with his five appearances coming in cup competitions.

Since joining from Liverpool for £12.5million in the summer of 2018, the 27-year-old has never appeared in the Premier League, with the form and fitness of Schmeichel proving to be a constant barrier.

He has played a paltry 14 times since arriving at the King Power Stadium with his last stint of regular football coming in the 2016-17 season when he kept goal for Huddersfield Town in their promotion winning campaign from the Championship.

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Despite the lack of football, Ward penned a new four-year-deal at Leicester earlier this season and selected by Wales interim coach Rob Page to play in their opening Euros game against Switzerland - a decision vindicated after Ward’s excellent display.

Assessing his current situation in the East Midlands, Ward admits he wants to play more games but accepts the role of a back-up keeper is limited.

"It is difficult because ultimately goalkeepers are no different to outfield players - everyone wants to play," he said.

"People get into football to play football. My dilemma at Leicester has been that Kasper Schmeichel has been brilliant for a number of seasons I've been there.

"So I can have no complaints. It's part and parcel of being a goalkeeper. Sometimes you have to swallow your medicine and keep working hard and hope that you will get a chance."

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