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30 November 2012 11:01
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Pearson planning changes

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson may "tweak" his starting line-up for the visit of east midlands rivals Derby.

Pearson watched the same XI that beat Sheffield Wednesday so impressively last weekend slip to defeat at Leeds on Tuesday night.

"We didn't get going at Leeds," said Pearson. "The players who started deserved to start but, unfortunately, it is a case now of possibly tweaking it for the weekend."

Striker Marko Futacs and winger Anthony Knockaert went on as second half substitutes at Elland Road, and Leicester did improve after their introduction so they will come into the mix to start Saturday evening's televised clash against the Rams.

Defenders Paul Konchesky and Liam Moore and midfielders Matty James and Jesse Lingard are also options for Pearson.

Leading scorer David Nugent is still a doubt with a neck injury and centre-half Sean St. Ledger (hamstring) is still out.

Derby will give Gareth Roberts as long as possible to recover from a calf injury ahead of the trip.

Roberts limped out of the Rams' 1-1 home draw with npower Championship leaders Cardiff on Tuesday night just before the half-hour mark.

The experienced full-back was assessed on Wednesday and manager Nigel Clough said: "His calf is pretty stiff and we will see how much we can work with him and what the physios can do.

"We have certainly not ruled him out yet. We will leave it probably until Saturday morning before we make a decision."

Versatile defender James O'Connor replaced Roberts at left-back in midweek and is likely to fill the void again should the 34-year-old not make it.

There is a possibility that forward Jamie Ward might return to the Derby squad after missing the last 11 matches with a hamstring injury.

Source: PA