Chester, who scored in the 3-1 Boxing Day win at Sunderland, also collected his fifth booking of the campaign and will sit out against the Foxes along with midfielder Tom Huddlestone, but Jake Livermore is available after completing his ban.
Fellow midfielder Mohamed Diame is struggling with a knee problem and central defender Michael Dawson has a torn hamstring, but defender Maynor Figueroa and midfielder Tom Ince were both named among the substitutes at the Stadium of Light after being recalled from loan spells.
Leicester are without the suspended Jamie Vardy after the striker collected his fifth booking of the season.
Vardy was cautioned after colliding with Hugo Lloris in Boxing Day’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham which kept the Foxes bottom of the Barclays Premier League.
Striker Chris Wood could return after an infection and Esteban Cambiasso may be recalled after being rested against Spurs, but Kasper Schmeichel and Matt Upson (both foot) are out.