January 1, 2013
Pearson ponders re-shuffle
Team Stat Comparison
|Leicester City||Huddersfield Town|
|Goals for *||2.0||1.1|
|Goals against *||1.0||2.0|
|Last 5 home||W-L-W-D-L||D-W-D-L-L|
|Last 5 away||L-W-D-D-L||W-L-W-L-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Leicester City | Huddersfield Town|
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson could freshen up his side against Huddersfield.
Right-back Ritchie De Laet overcame a back problem to play against Burnley on Saturday, while centre-half Zak Whitbread and striker Jamie Vardy (heel) missed the trip to Turf Moor through injury.
On-loan Manchester United defender Michael Keane returned to the squad against the Clarets after several weeks out with a hamstring injury and was an unused substitute.
Pearson may opt to rest De Laet while it remains to be seen if Whitbread or Vardy are ready to come back, or whether Keane is ready to start a npower Championship fixture.
The Foxes boss has the likes of midfielders Andy King and Paul Gallagher and strikers Martyn Waghorn, Jeff Schlupp, who has also proved this season that he can play as a makeshift left-back, and Marko Futacs available to make changes.
He said: "There will be a few players who will be fatigued but we have options to freshen it up. We have to dust them down and see how they are and go from there.
"We have competition for places and we have players who could come in."
Huddersfield striker James Vaughan could return to the starting line-up alongside Jermaine Beckford.
Vaughan started on the bench in Saturday's goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday having recently returned from a seven-game lay-off due to a thigh strain.
The former Norwich forward is also one booking away from suspension and manager Simon Grayson did not want to risk losing him for the testing New Year's Day trip.
Grayson, who made five changes against Wednesday, is expected to retain Anthony Gerrard and Joel Lynch at the heart of defence, while Calum Woods and Danny Ward are hoping to return after knocks kept them out of the squad altogether at the weekend.
Alan Lee is available again following his three-match ban, but may have to settle for a place on the bench alongside fellow striker Lee Novak, while Oliver Norwood is pushing for a recall to midfield as Huddersfield chase their first win in 10 league matches.