David Nugent set to miss Leicester City's clash with Blackburn
Leicester City top-scorer David Nugent is a major doubt for tonight's vital clash with Blackburn at the King Power Stadium.
Nugent, who has played an integral part in City's promotion push with 14 goals this season, aggravated a neck injury in Saturday's goalless draw at Blackpool.
He will be assessed today ahead of the visit of Rovers (7.45).
Nugent was the victim of a heavy challenge by Blackpool defender Craig Cathcart and could not continue at Bloomfield Road.
City manager Nigel Pearson said: "He is a doubt.
"It was a very bad challenge and he has had a problem with his neck this season. To have sustained that sort of challenge he is going to be a bit sore, but we will see how he is.
"He was a bit stiff yesterday but we will see how he is today. When you take as heavy a challenge as he did, it is going to aggravate it.
"He has played on with his neck problem before so, hopefully, he will be okay."
Matty James remains sidelined with a knee injury, but Sean St Ledger will be included in the squad after missing the trip to Blackpool.
He suffered a reaction to his hamstring injury during training last week.
Tonight's game is the first of two games City have in hand on their promotion rivals as they bid to claw back the eight-point gap that has opened up between them, in fifth, and second- placed Watford.
Pearson knows they face a stern test from a resurgent Rovers under new manager Michael Appleton.
Blackburn have lost just one of their last eight games in all competitions and have kept five clean sheets.
They boast striker Jordan Rhodes, who has scored 20 goals this season.
"I know Michael from our time at West Brom and he is a very good coach," said Pearson.
"They have some good experience within their ranks and we know it will be a tough game.
"Jordan Rhodes has had a very good run of goalscoring and we have to be aware of that."
City have picked up just one point from their last three league games, but Pearson said promotion was still in City's own hands.
"We have had to deal with difficult situations before," said Pearson.
"Our main aim is to achieve that through one of the automatic spots, but you can't take anything for granted.
"We are off the pace a little bit at the moment as we have fallen behind with our fixtures, and teams above us have capitalised when they have played."