By Emma Sanders

Claudio Ranieri could name an unchanged starting XI to the Leicester side which lost to Watford on Saturday as they prepare for their Champions League fixture against Club Brugge on Tuesday.

Leicester will progress through to the last 16 of the competition if they avoid defeat at the King Power Stadium so Ranieri is expected to name his strongest starting XI.

They are expected to be without striker Islam Slimani, who missed Saturday’s fixture against Watford, so Jamie Vardy is likely to start up front for the Foxes despite not scoring in 13 games.

Ron-Robert Zieler should continue in goal as Kasper Schmeichel remains a long-term absentee due to a hand injury and Leicester will no doubt select their usual centre-back pairing of Robert Huth and Wes Morgan.

Jeffrey Schlupp replaced Christian Fuchs at left-back on the weekend and could challenge for a start but Ranieri is likely to opt for the same back-line meaning Fuchs will line-up alongside Huth, Morgan and Danny Simpson.

Riyad Mahrez, who scored a penalty during his side’s loss on Saturday, will also be a sure bet to start in midfield, while Danny Drinkwater should also start.

The midfielder missed England’s latest international fixtures with a rib injury but returned to the starting XI on Saturday and is expected to retain his place.

Daniel Amartey, Marc Albrighton will likely make up the midfield, with Shinji Okazaki expected to join out-of-form Vardy up front in attack.

In other Champions League news, this Barcelona ace is set to make a return against Celtic in their crucial European fixture.