Leicester manager Nigel Pearson will welcome back striker Martyn Waghorn for the visit of Ipswich on Sunday.

The on-loan Sunderland man is available after suspension but may struggle to return to the starting line-up after seeing the Foxes win all three games he missed after being shown a straight red card against Bristol City.

Steve Howard has been recalled alongside 12-goal Matty Fryatt and Pearson must decide whether to stick with the target man or bring back Waghorn.

Central defender Wayne Brown will be fit to return following a gluteus muscle strain which has kept him sidelined for the last two games.

Left-back Bruno Berner is City's only injury worry at the moment as he continues to recover from a calf strain, so on-loan Ryan McGivern is poised to deputise.

The pitch at the Walkers Stadium is playable, and though there are concerns over the safety of the surrounding areas, the club are confident the game will go ahead.

Ipswich manager Roy Keane has a goalkeeping dilemma on his hands ahead of the trip.

Arran Lee-Barrett has held the number one shirt for the past six games since Richard Wright suffered a knee injury and Keane has seen his improving side lose just once in that time.

However, Lee-Barrett's current short-term deal runs out at the end of January and Keane has new signing Brian Murphy available for the first time on Sunday after arriving from Irish side Bohemians. Wright will be out for several months so Keane must choose between the two.

Elsewhere, striker Jon Stead will serve the second of his four-match ban after his sending off at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day so Stern John will continue after extending his loan from Palace.

Defender Tommy Smith has joined Brentford on a one-month loan deal while midfielder Liam Trotter has completed his one-month loan deal to Millwall.

David Norris made his first start since picking up a knee injury in August at Blackpool last weekend and is in contention, while Argentinian winger Luciano Civelli is close to a return from his own serious knee problem.

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