Leicester vs Chelsea LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more today

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Chelsea travel to Leicester looking to cement their place at the top of the Premier League following the international break.

Both the Foxes and the Blues are coping with injuries: Brendan Rodgers is without Youri Tielemans and James Justin Thomas Tuchel will miss Romelu Lukaku, Mateo Kovacic and Timo Werner.

Chelsea, who can move six points clear of champions Manchester City, are aiming to bounce back after poor finishing cost them two points against Burnley in a 1-1 draw, while Leicester can move up from 12th to sixth with victory after a 1-1 draw at Leeds last time out. Leicester will hope to capitalise on any distraction the Blues may have from the upcoming Champions League match against Juventus at Stamford Bridge, knowing victory is key to leapfrog the Bianconeri in the battle to win the group and secure a home second leg in the round of 16.

Rodgers has been linked with the Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle jobs over the last year, but the Irishman maintains he is fully committed to the Foxes : “My own commitment, I’ve got a huge respect for (chairman) Khun Top and the protection of his legacy. My relationship with him, (chief executive) Susan Whelan and (football officer) Jon Rudkin, we’re together and we’re looking to push on. I feel I’m in the right place. I work with a calibre of players we’re trying to maximise their potential. That’s why I’m so happy here.”

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel gives Romelu Lukaku injury update

Romelu Lukaku will miss Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Leicester on Saturday and remains a long shot to return to action next week.

Boss Thomas Tuchel has refused to rush back the talismanic Belgium striker, who continues to battle an ankle problem.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel gives Romelu Lukaku injury update

The striker is battling an ankle issue

Rodgers on Fofana’s injury

Wesley Fofana has been side-lined for Leicester since undergoing surgery for a fractured fibula suffered in a pre-season friendly against Villarreal in August. Brendan Rodgers spoke about his recovery and says that Fofana is progressing well. He said:

I’m not sure of the exact [return] date yet, but I was just watching him rehabbing on the field and he was moving really well with our medical and sports science team, so he’s building up his fitness. He’s building up his contact with the ball.

“It’s just that progression for him. It’s great news, he’s way ahead of where we thought he’d maybe be. He’s absolutely devoted everything into his rehabilitation and initially we were thinking the early part of January. It still might be that, he’s still got a way to go, but he’s still doing very well.

“Those two players (Fofana and James Justin) are going to be huge for us towards the end of this year and then in the second part of the season. If we get those two back into the squad, then that’s a massive bonus for us. Having those two boys back will be huge for us.”

Recent results: Leicester vs Chelsea

Leicester have been struggling for form with just one win in their last seven Premier League matches. Last time out the Foxes drew 1-1 away at Leeds after Harvey Barnes cancelled out Raphinha’s first half opener. Leicester currently sit 12th in the Premier League table but a win today could propel them as high as sixth.

Chelsea have a three point lead over Manchester City and West Ham at the top of the Premier League table but their four-game winning streak in the league came to an end last time out against Burnley. The Blues still picked up a point after Kai Havertz gave them the lead before Matej Vydra equalised 10 minutes from the end.

Early team news: Leicester vs Chelsea

Youri Tielemans is out ‘for a few weeks’ according to Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers after picking up a calf injury in the match against Leeds.

Marc Albrighton is fit to return but James Justin remains side-lined.

Chelsea have a few absentees. Romelu Lukaku and Mateo Kovacic are definitely out but Timo Werner has returned to training and will be assessed before the game.

Mason Mount is expected to be fit after dropping out of the England squad following dental surgery and Christian Pulisic is back in contention to start.

Leicester vs Chelsea live

Welcome to the weekend and welcome to the The Independent’s live coverage of Leicester City against Chelsea, with Brendan Rodgers and his side hosting the European champions as Premier League football resumes following the international break.

The Foxes have been very hit-and-miss this season and are down in 12th place, five points off Arsenal in fifth and with just two wins in the last eight league matches.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are still flying high at the top of the table, unbeaten in five in the league despite a draw with Burnley last time out before the break.

Both sides have injury issues to contend with, not the least of which is the absence of Romelu Lukaku, but there’s enough quality on show to suggest this should be an extremely watchable encounter at the King Power Stadium.

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