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On-loan Keane is in the frame for Leicester City's trip to Burnley

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On-loan defender Michael Keane is back in contention for Leicester City to face Burnley today at Turf Moor.

The Manchester United defender had his initial loan spell with City cut short after picking up a hamstring injury on his debut at Bolton, on November 6, and returned to United for treatment.

However, City extended the loans of both Keane and midfielder Jesse Lingard.

Keane is ready to continue his City career, and could replace injured full-back Ritchie De Laet, although Liam Moore is also in contention to fill in at right-back, if the Belgian defender is ruled out.

"Ritchie has a back problem, so we will look at that before the Burnley game," said City boss Nigel Pearson.

"Jamie Vardy will probably not be available because of his heel injury, but we will see how it goes.

"Michael Keane is back so he will be in contention and Liam Moore has done well for us this season so I had no qualms with him going on for the second half at Hull. He slotted in very well.

"There will a few players who will be fatigued, but we have options to freshen it up.

"We have competition for places and we have players who could come in. I made changes at Hull and there will be players who will be fresh.

"We have to dust them down and see how they are, and go from there."

Pearson admits his side are suffering from a small lack of confidence after picking up one win from their last six games, but he is sure they will get back into their stride soon.

"Three weeks ago, we would have won the Hull game but we just lacked that bit of confidence and extra belief," he said.

"But there were a lot of positives for us. We showed a bit more resilience than of late. We showed a real drive to keep the ball out of our net at any cost, which has been missing at times in recent weeks.

"We are not winning enough games at the moment. But with the players we have, I know we will turn that around.

"We have to get back to winning ways. We will go into the game expecting ourselves to perform well and we have to finish this year on a positive note.

"The players are still in very good spirits. Burnley is another tough game but we are looking forward to it."

On-loan Keane is in the frame for Leicester City's trip to Burnley


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