Who will be sidelined for Leicester v Everton?

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy

The Foxes have several suspensions to deal with as the Toffees visit on Boxing Day.

Defending champions Leicester City showed the character and resilience that helped them win their shock title as their 10 men came from 2-0 down to secure a point against Stoke last week, but the result came at a cost.

Jamie Vardy's controversial sending off means he will miss all three festive fixtures - against Everton, West Ham and Middlesbrough - while defensive duo Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs picked up their fifth yellow cards of the season last weekend and will sit out on Boxing Day.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring their first goal with Christian FuchsLeicester City's Jamie Vardy and Christian Fuchs are both suspended

Youngster Ben Chilwell is likely to deputise at left-back, while Luis Hernandez or Marcin Wasilewski could take Huth's place in the centre.

Danny Drinkwater is also a doubt for the hosts, who go into the match three points above the bottom three.

Leicester City's Ben Chilwell in action against Manchester City's Isaac Buckley Ricketts (L)Leicester City's Ben Chilwell could fill in at left-back

The visitors will be looking to bounce back after an agonising late defeat in the Merseyside derby on Monday, and they have several doubts ahead of their trip to the King Power Stadium.

Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg came off injured in the second half and is a doubt for Boxing Day, as is tough tackling midfielder James McCarthy.

Everton's Maarten StekelenburgEverton's Maarten Stekelenburg

Definitely out for the Toffees are long-term absentees Yannick Bolasie and Mo Besic - both of whom have serious cruciate ligament damage - but Phil Jagielka is likely to return having served his one match suspension following his sending off in the win over Arsenal.

Everton's derby defeat left them ninth in the Premier League, 10 points adrift of the European places. An improvement in the second half of the season is necessary if Ronald Koeman's first season in charge is to be called a success.

The corresponding fixture between these two sides last season was a celebration for Leicester, who had sealed the title on the previous weekend. 

Jamie Vardy gestures towards Everton's Joel Robles after scoring the third goal for Leicester from the penalty spotJamie Vardy gestures towards Everton's Joel Robles after scoring the third goal for Leicester from the penalty spot

Amid surreal scenes in the East Midlands, complete with a pre-match song from Andrea Bocelli, the Foxes cruised past a lacklustre Everton and claimed a 3-1 win.

The situation is very different this time around, but the Foxes do have history on their side; the Toffees have not won away at Leicester since 1997, when a late Gary Speed penalty secured all three points.

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