Ranieri to give fringe stars a chance

Ranieri to give fringe stars a chance

Ron-Robert Zieler will continue in goal, while a host of fringe players will start in Leicester's EFL Cup home clash against Chelsea.

Germany international goalkeeper, Zieler, who joined the Foxes from Hannover in the summer, stepped in for Kasper Schmeichel for Saturday's 3-0 win against Burnley after the Dane suffered concussion in training on Friday.

The regular number one is set to be fit for Saturday's trip to Manchester United, but Zieler will stay in goal for Chelsea's third-round EFL Cup visit to the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.

Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has confirmed that the likes of Marcin Wasilewski, Ahmed Musa, Leonardo Ulloa, Shinji Okazaki, Andy King, Demarai Gray, Ben Chilwell, Bartosz Kapustka, Jeff Schlupp and Yohan Benalouane could all get some game time.

And he has urged those who do get the nod to face Antonio Conte's Blues, to grasp the opportunity to show what they can do.

He told the Mercury: "My door is always open and I am very excited how they react again. I believe the big Chelsea will arrive. I am expecting a strong team.

"It's a fantastic opportunity because they are working so hard in the training session and have an opportunity to show to our fans how they are.

"Last season I split and there were players who played in the two cups. Maybe I could do the same but it's not right in everything. I could choose the first 11 tomorrow and then in the next round choose different players.

"My priority is always to try to win but at this moment we have to play so many matches, important matches and now at that moment is to grow up the team, and then I make some changes."

Papy Mendy and Matty James are both definitely absent because of respective ankle injuries.