Leicester v Barnsley preview
Jesse Lingard will be added to the Leicester squad for
Saturday’s Championship clash with Barnsley at the King Power
Lingard played for Manchester United’s Under-21 team this week
following the end of his initial loan spell with the Foxes but the
midfielder has returned to the Championship club on a deal that
runs into the new year.
David Nugent was a surprise inclusion in the squad against Derby
last weekend after slipping a disc in his neck recently but
Leicester’s leading goalscorer came on as a substitute and netted
twice in the 4-1 home victory and could now be pushing for a recall
to the starting line-up.
Fellow strikers Marko Futacs and Jeff Schlupp, midfielders Ben
Marshall and Matty James and defender Liam Moore are also options
for Pearson should he opt to change a winning team.
Centre-half Sean St Ledger remains the only absentee with the
hamstring problem that has now kept him on the sidelines for two
Barnsley could be without influential midfielder Jacob Mellis,
who has been a virtual ever-present for manager Keith Hill this
season but sustained a dead-leg in last week’s heavy defeat at
Watford and is rated as very doubtful.
Teenager Reuben Noble-Lazarus, Stephen Dawson, Tomasz Cywka and
Jim O’Brien will all be hoping to return to the starting line-up in
Mellis’ expected absence.
Another midfielder, David Perkins, remains sidelined with a
hamstring problem, but Hill has no other new injury or suspension
problems and apart from a replacement for Mellis has hinted he will
not be making changes.
On-loan trio Akos Buzsaky, Jonathan Greening and Emile Sinclair
are expected to start again.
But striker Mido is still not in contention following a back
problem as the South Yorkshire side chase their first league win in