Neil Danns and Paul Gallagher could return to the Leicester City side for clash with Watford
Neil Danns and Paul Gallagher could return to the Leicester City squad for tomorrow's clash with Watford at Vicarage Road.
Neither have started a Championship match this season, but manager Nigel Pearson has stressed the door is still open for them.
Pearson will have to make at least one change to the side he sent out against Crystal Palace last week.
Defender Ritchie De Laet is serving a one-match suspension, while striker Jamie Vardy is an injury concern ahead of the Hornets match.
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Liam Moore appears most likely to step in to replace De Laet, with Martyn Waghorn one of the options available if Vardy is ruled out.
That could leave places on the bench for both Danns, who was last involved in the City side as an unused substitute in the win over Burnley on September 19, and Gallagher, who has recently been on loan with League One outfit Sheffield United.
"We will travel to Watford with 18 players and Neil Danns will be one of them," said Pearson. "It is touch and go whether Jamie Vardy will be involved so we could see both Danns and Paul Gallagher."
The City boss added: "Other players have been ahead of both those players. There is a pecking order in the squad based on form and some other criteria. Contrary to speculation I don't close the door on people.
Moore, a product of the club's academy system, is laying the foundations for a solid career and would appear a straightforward replacement for De Laet.
"I'd rather not be missing players," said Pearson, "but we have to make at least one change. I have no qualms about Liam coming back in. He has done very well for us."
Vardy was due to be assessed again today. "He took a kick on the calf last week and that is struggling to settle down. We will review it again before we make a decision," said Pearson.
City face a Watford side who are rebuilding under Gianfranco Zola. They have lost their last two matches, albeit to late goals.
"We want to get back to winning ways and this presents us with the next opportunity to do that," said Pearson.