LEICESTER CITY caretaker boss Michael Appleton admits some of his players will be rested for tonight’s Carabao Cup hosting of Leeds United.
Appleton is in temporary charge of the Foxes following the sacking of former boss Craig Shakespeare and the caretaker boss guided Leicester to a 2-1 win at Premier Division hosts Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.
The victory lifted the Foxes up to 14th, one point above the relegation zone, and former Oxford United boss Appleton admits he will make changes with a view to next Saturday’s home clash with struggling Everton who themselves are third-bottom and sacked boss Ronald Koeman yesterday afternoon.
“We’ll look at it in terms of players coming in and players being rested for the weekend,” Appleton said.
“I’m mindful of the fact that over the two (cup) games, we’ve made certain changes, but we made sure we won those games. It’ll be no different on Tuesday.”
Leicester breezed to a 4-1 victory at Sheffield United in the second round of the competition and then recorded a 2-0 victory at home to Liverpool in round three. Appleton now expects his side’s fourth round tie against Leeds to also have a Premier Division feel. Appleton added: “It’s a big game. They’ve had a fantastic win away from home (against Bristol City) so they’re going to be buoyant.
“It’s an opportunity for both sides to progress into the last eight which is a big thing for the football club.
“Leeds are the type of club where you come into cup competitions and it almost feels like they’re a Premier League side anyway because of the following that they’ll probably bring on Tuesday. It’s going to be exciting.”
Leeds will be without winger Stuart Dallas who has been told to take as much time as he needs mourning the passing of his mother.
Full back Gaetano Berardi also serves the first match of a three-game ban while striker Caleb Ekuban remains sidelined as he recovers from breaking a bone in his foot.