Leicester V Leeds at The King Power Stadium : Match Preview

04 March 2013 06:31
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Pearson's waiting game over Nugent

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is waiting on David Nugent as they prepare to host play-off chasers Leeds.

The former England striker missed Saturday's defeat at Ipswich with a neck injury and faces a late fitness test.

Midfielder Matty James will also require a late check having missed the last three games with a knee problem.

The Foxes came through the match at Portman Road with no new injury or suspension worries but Pearson is expected to shuffle his pack.

Midfield duo Lloyd Dyer and Paul Gallagher were both benched at the weekend but are expected to return to the starting XI.

Richie Wellens and Martyn Waghorn are also pushing for inclusion as City look to revive their promotion push.

Pearson's side have won just one of their last five league matches and have lost three of them.

Leeds striker Luke Varney could be a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up.

Varney was stretchered off in Saturday's home win over Millwall following a collision with team-mate Stephen Warnock, but has suffered only heavy bruising to his leg.

Manager Neil Warnock, who has no other new injury or suspension worries, is keen to name an unchanged side for the fourth game running and is hoping Varney can pass a late fitness test.

Midfielder Michael Brown and forward El-Hadji Diouf are pushing for recalls after second-half substitute appearances against Millwall, while Aidy White and Ryan Hall provide boss Warnock with alternatives if Varney fails to make it.

Leeds are looking to extend their unbeaten league run to four matches in a bid to maintain their play-off challenge.

Source: PA