High flying Leicester take on Manchester City

Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton reckons the Premier League leader can bounce back after defeat to Liverpool against title rival Manchester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy is expected to be fit for the big match against Manchester City.   -  AP

Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton reckons the Premier League leader can bounce back after defeat to Liverpool against title rival Manchester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.

While Leicester’s 15-goal top scorer Jamie Vardy is expected to be fully fit after a virus, City will be without injured captain Vincent Kompany.

Albrighton has warned City that Leicester is not about to implode after suffering only its second defeat of the season on Boxing Day.

“We see this as a test,” the winger said on Monday. “There will probably be a lot of pundits and media that might think now we are going to lie down and relax with our 30-something points. “We’re not a side to do that. We’ve got Manchester City on Tuesday and we look forward to bouncing back against them.

“We’ve got ourselves in a brilliant situation and we are doing fantastic. Everyone was tipping us to be down there at the start of the season, but we’re right in the mix and we deserve to be where we are.”

Vardy’s understanding with Algeria playmaker Riyad Mahrez has been crucial to the Foxes’ success this season — between them, they have scored 28 of Leicester’s 37 goals.

The fact that neither of them looked fully fit against Liverpool will be of concern to manager Claudio Ranieri ahead of another key fixture.

“Mahrez was very, very tired,” said Ranieri. “The spirit in the camp now is not so good, but that is a good thing, because the players always want to try to win.” Kompany, meanwhile, was making his first appearance for seven weeks when he entered the field as a second-half substitute during City’s 4-1 win over Sunderland on Friday, but lasted only nine minutes before hobbling off again.

The bad news for manager Manuel Pellegrini is that the central defender has suffered a recurrence of the calf injury that has troubled him for much of the season, and the fear is that he will be out for several weeks.

Manchester City are unbeaten in their last five league away trips to Leicester and will be hoping to continue that run when they take on EPL’s surprise package Leicester. Interestingly, even though Leicester lost both of their league meetings with Man City last season, they've not lost three successive league games against the Citizens since August 1961.