Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for December.

Drinkwater's energy and constant willingness to go forward were the driving force as City went top of the Sky Bet Championship.

He was superb in the 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers, trying countless shots from distance, including a great long-range goal against Bolton Wanderers.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said: "It's an excellent individual accolade for Danny, just as it was for Lloyd Dyer when he was nominated for the award last month.

"Danny's been an important player this season and played a lot of football during December.

"It says a lot about him that he has been able to maintain such high standards.

"I'm sure Danny would be the first to acknowledge that personal recognition such as this is a reflection of the work of his team mates.

"It's been a very good spell for the whole squad."

Sky Sports' Football League pundit Don Goodman said: "Danny's Man of the Match performance in the 1-0 away win at title rivals QPR typified his commitment, determination and class.

"Leicester will need to keep him fit and at the top of his game to maintain their place at the top of the Sky Bet Championship, the challenge is only just beginning."

Sky Bet Head of Football Paul Wiggins said: "Danny has been an integral part of the Foxes' table topping form.

"Nigel Pearson will be looking for the former Manchester United player to keep the form he has shown if Leicester are to grace the Premier League again."

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