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Wilfred Ndidi’s equaliser earned Leicester a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in August’s reverse fixtureTEAM NEWS

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has reported no new fitness concerns.

Jamie Vardy is available, having featured as a substitute in midweek despite a recent glute problem, but Wes Morgan and Nampalys Mendy remain out.

Chelsea will monitor striker Tammy Abraham, who has an ankle injury.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in training but this game may come too soon for the midfielder, whose last competitive appearance came in a 0-0 draw away to Leicester last May.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Martin Fisher: It is third versus fourth, and although both sides have been inconsistent recently in the Premier League they remain firmly on course for a top-four finish and Champions League football next season.

Leicester suffered a major blow on Tuesday with that late defeat at Aston Villa denying them their first cup final in 20 years. Brendan Rodgers will be hoping there’s no hangover against a Chelsea side that boasts a terrific record at the King Power Stadium.

Frank Lampard’s men may have dropped soft away points since the turn of the year but overall they are still more productive on the road than at Stamford Bridge.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers on the disappointment of losing in the Carabao Cup semi-finals: “We’ve spoken about it a lot. Every team is unified when you’re winning.

“They’re going to have bumps along the way, but we have to use it as a motivating factor as we’re still in another cup competition.

“I’ve seen them today and the spirit is still very strong.”

His teams have drawn seven games and lost six against the Blues in all competitionsMATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Leicester City are unbeaten in their past four Premier League games against Chelsea (W1, D3), their best run since a five-match streak between April 1999 and February 2001. However, Chelsea have won five of their last seven Premier League away matches…