MATCH PREVIEW :
Andrej Kramaric could make his Leicester debut on Saturday if he receives a work permit ahead of the Premier League visit of Stoke.
Matty James is suspended after his dismissal in last week’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa, whilst Kaspar Schmeichel, Matt Upson (both foot), Jeff Schlupp (knee) and Riyad Mahrez (African Nations Cup) are also unavailable.
Boss Nigel Pearson also has severe doubts surrounding Dean Hammond (calf) and Esteban Cambiasso (hip), but Danny Drinkwater is poised to return after missing the last two games with a groin problem.
Full-back Erik Pieters is a doubt for Stoke but midfielder Steven Nzonzi should be available.
Both players came off at half-time with groin complaints during last Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal, and Pieters may need a hernia operation.
Victor Moses returned to the matchday squad at the Emirates Stadium as an unused substitute and looks set to make his playing comeback this weekend following a thigh injury.
Forward Mame Biram Diouf remains on African Nations Cup duty with Senegal.
We wanted to hear from Leicester City fans before the next vital match so we asked them….
“Stoke WILL be tough this Saturday, and we really could do with another 3 big BIG points for The Great Escape to carry on. Comment YOUR thoughts on this weeks game. Who would you have in your starting team ? Do you think we have turned the corner ? Would you start the new lad (permits erm permitting!).Let us know YOUR thoughts here…. We want to hear from YOU !!”
And the Leicester City fans didn’t let us down, here are some of the best comments…
“I think a 1-0 win but it’s gonna be a tuff one, be nice to get the 3 points, Stoke are a good team & if Lurch is fit he’ll need marking well”
“I really do think that this game will be a score-draw, 1-1 i reckon”
“Finally gonna get to be there watching for the first time this season! Cant wait.”
“1-1 but hopefully a city win and another 3 points”
“2-1 win nuge and vardy”
“I’d like Nigel Pearson to field the same side that scraped a 1-0 win against Aston Villa and then bring in Andy King to replace the suspended Matthew James. Goodluck, Foxes!”
Greg Graham Topliss
“Play the same side as the last game but bring in either king, cambiasso or drinkwater for suspended James, and if we get the new lad put him on the bench”
Referee: Andre Marriner: 8 Y36 R0
Betting: Home 6-4 Away 15-8 Draw 11-5.
Stat: Leicester have lost just one of their last 25 home games against Stoke City.