London: Leicester City`s bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League received a blow on Thursday with the announcement that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will be sidelined for around six weeks.
The 28-year-old Denmark international, son of former Manchester United goalkeeping great Peter Schmeichel, broke a metatarsal bone in his foot during training on Thursday and will undergo surgery on Friday.
Asked how long he expected to be without Schmeichel, manager Nigel Pearson told a press conference: "I`ve got an idea. The best thing to do is update you (the press) on Saturday.
"Hopefully he`ll have the operation on Friday and an optimistic view would be four to six weeks, but it could be longer. We don`t know."
Pearson added: "It`s very unfortunate. Clearly the lad is distressed about it and he will be a miss for us, but again, you have to deal with it. We can`t change it."
Back-up goalkeeper Ben Hamer, 27, is in line to deputise for Schmeichel, starting with Saturday`s home game against defending champions Manchester City.
Promoted as champions of the second-tier Championship last May, Leicester sit four points from safety at the bottom of the Premier League table after 15 games of the campaign.