But he is now back in contention for a place in Paul Hart's squad as the Rs prepare to take on Championship rivals Sheffield United in Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie.
Manchester United and Southampton go head to head in the EFL Cup final on Sunday - 41 years on from Saints' most famous day.
Manchester United v Southampton - Jose Mourinho's well-drilled machine versus the constantly regenerating upstarts.
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Leicester have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri nine months a stunning Premier League title success last season.
Leicester have sacked Claudio Ranieri as they face up to a relegation battle just nine months after their stunning Premier League title.
Leicester's euphoria at winning the league last season has evaporated, with Claudio Ranieri leaving the club.