Leicester v Barnsley preview

December 7, 2012

Jesse Lingard will be added to the Leicester squad for Saturday's Championship clash with Barnsley at the King Power Stadium.

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 months.

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.