David Nugent (11 mins)
Jermaine Beckford (60 mins)
, Mar 3, 2012
Ground: The King Power Stadium , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 25,487
Schlupp in line for return Jeff Schlupp could return to the Leicester squad for the visit of midlands rivals Coventry.
Schlupp has been sidelined for almost two months after suffering a knee injury at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.
The teenage striker made a successful comeback in the reserves in midweek and might force his way on to the bench on Saturday with Nathan Delfouneso back at Aston Villa and Martyn Waghorn and Darius Vassell still out injured.
Midfielder Neil Danns is expected to be available, despite suffering from a bout of conjunctivitis. Defender Lee Peltier is also likely to recover from the knock he sustained during the victory at Derby eight days ago.
Forward Paul Gallacher has an outside chance of being involved after missing the last two matches with a hamstring injury.
Cody McDonald is fit for Coventry's short trip.
The striker has only recently returned from a knee injury, taking his place on the bench for last weekend's 1-0 win over Barnsley, but turned his ankle in training at the start of this week and was unable to get crucial game time for the reserves.
Skipper Sammy Clingan joined McDonald among the substitutes against the Tykes upon his comeback from a groin problem and, having featured for Northern Ireland in midweek, is pushing to start.
Unlike McDonald, fellow returning trio Chris Hussey, Nathan Cameron and Conor Thomas were able to get vital match practice in Tuesday's reserve defeat at Birmingham, although forward Freddy Eastwood was left nursing a tight hamstring and will be assessed.
Defenders Richard Wood (knee) and Hermann Hreidarsson (shoulder) remain sidelined.
Leicester vs Coventry
Last modified 18:07 03/03/12
Foxes stay in play-off hunt Leicester earned the midlands bragging rights for the second week running as with a 2-0 triumph over Coventry as successive npower Championship victories for the first time this season kept alive their hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs.
Neil Danns, who scored the winner against Derby at Pride Park nine days ago, saw a seventh-minute penalty brilliantly saved by Joe Murphy before David Nugent put the hosts ahead shortly afterwards.
Nugent then turned provider for his strike partner Jermaine Beckford to extend the lead after an hour.
Coventry could have got back into the game when they were awarded a 72nd-minute penalty but Sammy Clingan, like Danns, saw his spot-kick saved.
The hosts finished the game with 10 men after Paul Konchesky was shown a straight red card for a foul on Alex Nimely in the 83rd minute.
The three points saw Leicester climb a place to 11th in the table and narrow the gap on the teams in the top six to seven points.
A 10th straight away defeat means Coventry stay in the relegation zone and are three points adrift of safety.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson named the same side that started the victory at Derby.
The only change to the Foxes squad saw Jeff Schlupp return from the knee injury he suffered at the start of the year. The teenage striker replaced Nathan Delfouneso, who has gone back to Aston Villa after his loan spell expired last week, on the bench.
Coventry's squad was unchanged but boss Andy Thorn made one alteration to his starting line up with David Bell replacing Carl Baker in midfield.
Bell almost immediately justified his inclusion with a first-minute goal but Kasper Schmeichel tipped his 12-yard effort wide.
Martin Cranie handed Leicester the chance to take the lead when he brought down Richie Wellens inside the area but Murphy got a strong hand to Danns' powerfully-taken penalty to divert the ball wide.
However, the Foxes were in front after 11 minutes.
Murphy parried a shot from Beckford but could only push the ball into the path of Nugent who blasted it home from six yards out, hurting himself in the process and requiring treatment.
Coventry responded well and Alex Nimely shaved the crossbar with a rising shot following a weaving run.
Leicester looked to have made sure of the points when Nugent played a neat one-two with Wellens before crossing for Beckford to tap home from virtually on the goalline.
However, Thorn's team rallied again and won a penalty of their own when Wes Morgan fouled Nimely. But Schmeichel matched Murphy's save earlier in the game to deny Clingan.
That took the wind out of Coventry's sails and the visitors even struggled to muster a chance following Konchesky's dismissal for what was deemed as a high challenge on Nimely.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|12||Sean St. Ledger|
|22||Ben Marshall(sub 70)|
|35||David Nugent(sub 73)|
|20||Jermaine Beckford(sub 79)|
|9||Steve Howard(sub 79)|
|16||Daniel Drinkwater(sub 70)|
|27||Jeffery Schlupp(sub 73)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|7||David Bell(sub 67)|
|12||Gary Deegan(sub 70)|
|11||Gary McSheffrey(sub 78)|
|4||Sammy Clingan(sub 70)|
|8||Carl Baker(sub 67)|
|14||Cody McDonald(sub 78)|