PHOTOS: Pearson leads training as Leicester prepare for Newcastle clash

Leicester's first team were in good spirits on Thursday afternoon ahead of this weekend's Premier League action.

An important period awaits Leicester City.

Nigel Pearson's men may be 12th in the Premier League table after a promising start to their season - but a failure to reproduce those effort levels could render their previous hard work futile.

Many newly promoted sides to have begun their league campaigns well in the past have faltered midway through the season and paid the consequences further down the line.

Leicester, however, have the chance to get back to winning ways on Saturday, when they travel to St James' Park to face Newcastle United.

The Magpies are currently 18th in the standings and are winless after seven games. Could there be a better opportunity for the Foxes to end their own winless streak - albeit a two-game long one?

Pearson's men looked fully focused as they trained ahead of the clash on Thursday afternoon, with the coach leading by example on the training pitch. At the same time, though, Leicester's stars looked relaxed and most certainly had a smile on their face throughout.

But will they be smiling come the full-time whistle at Newcastle? Here are the best pictures from training...

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