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

10 matches.