Leicester City midfielder Richie Wellens has been named npower Championship Player of the Month for January.

Wellens helped his side notch up ten League points in January, as the Foxes maintained their challenge for a Play-Off spot.

Manager Sven Goran Eriksson said: "Richie is an exceptional footballer and he has been in superb form in recent games.

"His energy, effort and vision are all key attributes to his game. I have been encouraging him to shoot more too, as he has a great shot.

"I'm sure that Richie will be the first to thank his teammates on receipt of this award.

"He is a real team player and I am very proud of Richie and his colleagues. I hope they continue to play well and rise up the npower Championship table."

npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins said: "Richie Wellens has been in fine form recently and fully deserves the npower Championship Player of the Month Award.

"I'd like to congratulate Richie on behalf of npower, and wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season."

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