Ritchie De Laet could make surprise comeback for Leicester City against Cardiff
Leicester City defender Ritchie De Laet has not broken his leg and could even feature in tonight's vital clash with league leaders Cardiff (7.45).
The Belgian right-back was stretchered off in severe pain during City's home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
He was on the end of a heavy challenge from Jeremy Helan and City feared it was a serious injury.
However, X-rays have revealed there is no break, and a relieved City boss Nigel Pearson said there was even a chance De Laet could feature at the Cardiff City Stadium tonight.
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"It looked as though it was a nasty injury at the time, but I didn't feel there was any malice in it," said Pearson.
"It was one of those situations where players come together and he struck through the ball and there was contact afterwards.
"The relief that there is nothing sinister in terms of breaking a bone is good for us because Ritchie has been a consistently good performer this season.
"We will have to see if he has any chance of being involved.
"But the most important thing is whichever side starts tonight, however we line up, the personnel we use are ready for the game.
"It is a case of us making sure any bumps and bruises from the weekend are looked after."
If De Laet is not fit enough to face Cardiff, Sean St Ledger is set to step in at right-back, while Pearson ruled out recalling young defender Liam Moore from his loan stint at Brentford.
"With the youth loan system we could recall him but, for 28 days, he wouldn't be able to play for our first team," said Pearson.
"St Ledger went on at the weekend and did very well, I thought.
"We have Zak Whitbread who is available as well. We have options across the back."
Striker Jeff Schlupp is set to continue to deputise at left-back for Paul Konchesky, who is out with a hamstring injury, while midfielder Matty James is ruled out with a knee injury.