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Leicester Preview

8 November 2012

Nottingham Forest will lock horns with East Midlands rivals Leicester at The King Power Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 12.45pm) in front of a TV audience.

The game is being shown live on Sky and both sides will be looking for a return to winning ways.

Forest bounced back from their 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Millwall last Saturday with a creditable goalless draw against high-flying Middlesbrough in midweek.

Leicester were also involved in a goalless midweek contest – at Bolton – after back-to-back defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace and Watford.

Radi Majewski (knee), Sam Hutchinson (knee) and Daniel Ayala (hamstring) remain unavailable to Sean O’Driscoll.

Forest will check on the fitness of Jermaine Jenas, who has missed the last two games with a foot injury, before finalising their preparations for the King Power Stadium meeting.

Leicester have slight doubts surrounding new loan signing Michael Keane, who has a tight hamstring.

Zak Whitbread is available again after serving a one-match ban but Sean St Ledger and striker Jamie Vardy remain sidelined through injury.

Forest - 19th
Leicester – 9th
Rob Kelly

Leicester City looms large in the playing and coaching career of Forest’s current assistant manager.

Kelly started out as a player at Leicester and made his debut for The Foxes as a 19 year old in the early 1980s.

He scored once in 24 league appearances for them before joining Wolves but his days as a player were sadly cut short by a back injury which forced him to retire at the age of 24.

He trained as a journalist and worked for a while on a Midlands newspaper before deciding to try his luck in the world of coaching.

He worked for Wolves and Blackburn before joining Leicester. He was Assistant Manager to Craig Levein for a while but in 2006 was promoted to the top job following the Scot’s sacking.

He landed the Championship Manager of the Month award in ’06 but parted company the club the following year after a dip in form.

Since then Kelly has worked at Preston and Sheffield Wednesday – he was caretaker boss at both for a while – before joining The City Ground coaching staff in the summer of 2011.
Forest wins over Leicester: 37 (35 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Leicester wins over Forest: 39 (37 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Draws: 24 (22 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Lee Swabey and Robert Jones
Fourth Official: Christopher Sarginson

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