No Vardy, no party as Middlesbrough holds Liecester

The Foxes were largely toothless without strikers Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy, who was serving the final match of his three-game suspension.

Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough (L) and Demarai Gray of Leicester City (R) shake hands after the Premier League match at Riverside Stadium.   -  Getty Images

Troubled Premier League champion Leicester City was held to a turgid 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough on Monday to edge further clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

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Leonardo Ulloa missed the visitor's best chance when he headed a Christian Fuchs corner straight at Brad Guzan in the 69th minute, although the Foxes were largely toothless without strikers Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy, who was serving the final match of his three-game suspension.

Middlesbrough, now 16th on 19 points, threatened through Adama Traore, the game's outstanding individual, but he struggled to find an end product to accompany his scintillating work out wide. Boro's Gaston Ramirez fired an 83rd-minute effort into the side netting.

Leicester kept consecutive clean sheets for the first time since April but the champion, which moved seven points clear of the drop zone ahead of the matches later on Monday, is still awaiting its first away win of the season.

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