Early Burnley team news: Ashley Barnes is out with a thigh injury, while Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson were both due to undergo late fitness tests. This game may come too soon for Erik Pieters, who is recovering from a pelvic injury. Having returned to fitness from whatever ailed them, Chris Wood and Dale Stephens both came off the bench against Tottenham on Sunday and will probably start tonight.
Early Leicester team news: Not good, would be a fairly accurate appraisal, if one were looking for a nutshell’s worth, although Brendan Rodgers deserves credit for refusing to whinge about the number of first team regulars he has sidelined, unlike a number of other Premier League managers we could mention. The Leicester boss has instead chosen to look upon the current crisis as a challenge to be embraced so that his squad can show its versatility.
Leicester go into tonight’s game with eight players sidelined or in serious doubt, the outstanding Harvey Barnes the latest to be stretchered off with a knee-injury that isn’t as bad as was originally feared but did require surgery and is expected to keep him out for at least six weeks.
Ayoze Perez, James Maddison, Jonny Evans, Dennis Praet, Wesley Fofana and Wes Morgan are also injured. Maddison, Fofana and Evans could conceivably feature this evening, but are unlikely to be risked. Jamie Vardy is also suffering from fitness issues after being rushed back into action from a hernia operation but is almost certain to start again tonight.
Premier League: Burnley v Leicester City
Five points from safety and with just one win from their past seven league games, Burnley host Leicester City this evening. Ravaged by injuries to several key players, Leicester followed up their surprise Europa League exit with fairly emphatic defeat at the hands of Arsenal and will be looking to get back to winning ways to keep their impressive Champions League push on course. Kick-off at Turf Moor is at 6pm (GMT), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.