Enzo Maresca faces two big decisions as he picks his Leicester City team to take on Coventry in the M69 Derby. City make the short trip to the CBS Arena for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off and the selection headaches for the manager come at left-back and in central midfield. One is because of an injury, and the other is because a player is fit again.
At Millwall in the FA Cup last weekend, Callum Doyle made his first start for the club since his serious knee injury in September. Before that blow, he had played every minute under Maresca, establishing himself as a key player for the Italian, especially in how he helped the build-up play from the back.
Since then, James Justin has come in and done a very handy job. While he perhaps doesn’t have the passing range of Doyle, and he isn’t left-footed, he is more athletic and better defensively.
Maresca must now pick between the two, with Justin’s good performances of late perhaps keeping him in the team for now. That would mean Doyle missing out on playing at the ground that he called home last season.
Then there’s the choice in midfield. Wilfred Ndidi won’t be an option for a while, so it’s between Cesare Casadei and Yunus Akgun to partner Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. After his goal and confident display at Millwall, Casadei may be the man that gets the nod.
Elsewhere, there are unlikely to be any surprises. Many of Maresca’s key men received a rest last weekend, and they are all likely to return to the line-up, while Tom Cannon is expected to be given the chance to add to his goal tally of three in two with Jamie Vardy still not quite fit enough to play.
Predicted City line-up (4-3-3): Hermansen; Ricardo, Faes, Vestergaard, Justin; Winks, Casadei, Dewsbury-Hall; Fatawu, Cannon, Mavididi.