Leicester suffers setbacks


December 19, 2015
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (right) celebrates with Riyad Mahrez after scoring his side's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at The King Power Stadium, Leiceste on December 16. Leicester beat Chelsea 2-1.

The surprise leaders after Monday's victory over Chelsea are a Leicester side that were fighting relegation last season. However, Claudio Ranieri's team were dealt an injury blow on Thursday after winger Jeff Schlupp was ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring problem.

Midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who limped off against Chelsea, might only miss the trip to Everton today.

Robert Huth's yellow card against Chelsea presents Ranieri with another problem as it was the defender's fifth of the campaign and he will serve a one-match suspension at Goodison Park.

"When I was with Chelsea I was known as the Tinkerman," Ranieri said. "Now I don't want to change. I am waiting for when people change my nickname from Tinkerman to 'Thinkerman'. The team plays so well, so why change? But I must.

"Without Huth, I have to choose between (Yohan) Benalouane and (Marcin) Wasilewski. I keep this decision to myself until the night before the match. I always choose my team the night before the game."

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