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Having drawn 2-2 with Crystal Palace over the weekend, the biggest blow for Leicester City will be defensive stalwart Robert Huth, who will miss the tie due to suspension.
Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester City will be on high hopes to pull off a miraculous turnaround when they take on Spanish giants Atletico Madrid at the King Power Stadium in the second leg of their quarter-final clash of the UEFA Champions League.
The reigning Premier League giants will have to overturn a one-goal in return, after losing 1-0 to the Spanish side at the Vicente Calderon. However, the Foxes have always managed to get better in such scenario having getting better of Sevilla in the previous round under similar circumstances, the belief with the Foxes squad this time will be high. They’re heading into this game on the back of a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League and will be hoping to put up a better performance.
The Foxes biggest blow this time will be defensive rock Robert Huth, who will miss the clash due to suspension. However, captain Wes Morgan has returned to full training and may take his place in the line-up. Leicester’s centre-back Yohan Benalouane was taken off due to a known received against Palace in the weekend, but it seemed more of a precautionary measure and he is expected to be available.
Also, Striker Islam Slimani is likely to miss out due to a groin injury, while midfielder Nampalys Mendy is still not 100% fit. Molla Wague has been ruled out for the season.
The Danish goal-keeper has been the hero for the Foxes in their European campaign. Schmeichel will have to produce another miraculous performance between the sticks if his side are to progress.
Dannie Simpson has also been a consistent player for Leicester City over the course of the season. The former Newcastle United man will take his rightful spot on the right-hand side of the defence this night.
Wes Morgan was not fit when his side had their first leg clash against Diego Simeone’s side due to back problem over the past month. But with Robert Hutt out in issues related to suspension, Morgan should come back into the line-up even if he is totally fit.
The Tunisian man has been performing high in the absence of Morgan. Benalouane is expected to keep his place in the starting XI despite an injury scare over the weekend.
Christian Fuchs full-back runs and long throws could prove to be the key for the Foxes to beat stubborn Atletico defence on Tuesday night.
The Algerian man hasn’t had the best of his form in recent weeks, but Mahrez class is undoubted. The reigning PFA Player of Year will need to step it up a notch if his side are to stand a chance against the Spanish side.
Drinkwater was rested during the weekend clash game against Crystal Palace keeping Champions League football in mind. He should return to the starting XI in place of Andy King.
The Nigerian international has been a major influence in proceedings since the sacking of Claudio Ranieri and taken over of Craig Shakespeare. Ndidi will maintain his place in the middle of the park alongside Drinkwater.