Leicester team and injury updates, predicted XI for FA Cup

Leicester City take on Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday. This article contains injury and team updates, as well as our expected XI.

Despite being at second position in the Premier League, Leicester City have other priorities and promising prospects. There is a Carabao Cup semifinal against Aston Villa, with the first leg on January 8.

After two disappointing results versus Liverpool and Manchester City – arguably the two preeminent English clubs – the King Power outfit has won its previous two fixtures. The victories came most recently in the Newcastle United clash; not to mention an almost entirely reserve Leicester side beating West Ham United.

FA Cup

Though this weekend, focus turns to the FA Cup: the ‘big boys’ now enter the competition in the Third Round. Wigan Athletic travel to the East Midlands to face the Foxes on Saturday.

At present the Latics are 22nd in the Championship, with only two lower placed sides in the relegation spots. Although Leicester will not name their pinnacle XI, Brendan Rodgers will select a strong team, according to the Northern Irishman.

It is no secret that the Leicester supporters desire a cup triumph: in previous seasons certain Foxes managers have fielded particularly weak teams. These decisions faced backlash as there was constant elimination.

Likely Leicester City line-up

Rodgers spoke to the assembled media ahead of the Wigan contest, giving team and injury updates:

Brendan Rodgers’ press conference highlights:  

Jamie Vardy unavailable for Wigan game.

Filip Benkovic will be in the squad for the FA Cup tie.

Matty James will play for City’s U23s team tonight after a year out.

No transfer approaches for City’s key players so far.

Via BBC Sport

Consequently Foxes of Leicester can reveal our predicted Foxes side, in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Marc Albrighton will be involved in some capacity but possibly not starting; along with an impressive likely substitute line-up:

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Danny Ward; Christian Fuchs, Wes Morgan (captain), Filip Benkovic, James Justin; Hamza Choudhury, Papy Mendy; Dennis Praet; Harvey Barnes, Demarai Gray; Kelechi Iheanacho.

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