Football: Weekend guide to the Premiership: Leicester v Southampton

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MARTIN O'NEILL, the Leicester manager, has major injury problems for the visit of Premiership strugglers Southampton to Filbert Street. He is sweating on the fitness of both Tony Cottee (thigh) and Emile Heskey, who injured an ankle in the midweek win over Blackburn. Midfielder Muzzy Izzet (ankle) faces a late fitness test but Andy Impey will make his home debut after sitting out the Worthington Cup tie.

Matthew Le Tissier is available to strengthen Southampton's side after missing last weekend's 1-0 home defeat by Derby with a one-match ban. Norwegians Claus Lundekvam and Egil Ostenstad are in contention for recalls following hamstring problems, while long-serving defender Francis Benali has recovered from a dead leg. Former England midfielder Carlton Palmer will play despite suffering from the effects of a flu virus but centre- half Ken Monkou is very doubtful with a thigh injury. Michael Stensgaard has not yet completed his free transfer from FC Copenhagen - the Saints have yet to receive international clearance.

LEICESTER CITY (from): Keller, Arphexad, Elliott, Walsh, Sinclair, Guppy, Savage, Lennon, Izzet, Impey, Zagorakis, Heskey, Parker, Ullathorne, Fenton, Wilson, Taggart, Campbell, Oakes.

SOUTHAMPTON (from): Jones, Hiley, Benali, Dodd, Lundekvam, Palmer, Oakley, M Hughes, Ripley, Ostenstad, Le Tissier, Beattie, Monk, Bridge, Kachloul, Gibbens, Moss.

Suspensions: None.

Referee: D Gallagher.

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