Preview: Leicester City v Middlesbrough

Leicester City will be desperately looking to get back to winning ways in the Premiership when host Middlesbrough at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Foxes' have already managed to secure progression into the round of 16 in their debut Champions League campaign, but have not been able to replicate their European form in the Premier League.

Star-forward, Jamie Vardy's goal-drought for the club has stretched to 14-games, with his last strike for the reigning Premiership champions coming in the 4-1 loss to Liverpool earlier this season, but Ranieri is adamant that the England international will find his scoring boots.

"He has restarted and is very close to scoring," he told reporters.

"He has started to also score in training, and that is good news because also, in the training, he didn't score so well."

"That is the big problem. Jamie is always normal, the same last season. You don't see him nervous or frustrated.

"But sooner or later Vardy will come back. I speak every day with him. He is very calm, very concentrated in his job, to work for the team," he said.

The Boro's form-guide fares better as they've registered five points from their last five league games – including stalemates against both Arsenal and Manchester City. 

The Riverside Stadium based-outfit were unfortunate to lose their most recent encounter as they fought valiantly in a 1-0 loss against Chelsea.

The home side will be without the services of Danny Drinkwater, who serves a three-match suspension after being found guilty of elbowing an opponent by the Football Association. Jeff Schupp is fit and expected to feature for the Foxes after his involvement in a car-accident.

James Husband will play no part in the tie for the visitors as he continues his road to recovery from a shoulder injury.

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