Middlesbrough defender Antonio Barragan is available after serving a one-match suspension in Saturday’s defeat at Manchester United.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka will consider making changes after 90 intense minutes at Old Trafford, with Gaston Ramirez likely to be recalled.
Leicester forward Jamie Vardy remains out as he completes a three-match ban.
Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez are available for the last time before the Africa Cup of Nations.
Guy Mowbray: “I can’t think of Boro v Leicester without being transported back to 1997, and the Foxes’ League Cup final win thanks to Steve Claridge’s replay winner.
“Claridge, Heskey, Juninho, Ravanelli…..good teams and good days. Were they really 20 years ago?!
“In more recent history, the current sides served up a good game at the end of November, with Leicester twice behind but grabbing a draw late on – leaving Aitor Karanka with the same expression of disbelief that we saw at Old Trafford on Saturday.
“With three ‘winnable’ home games, January is a big month for Boro.
“With three away for Leicester it ought to finally be time for them to win one.”
Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka: “Now is the most important game in the season because it is against a direct opponent.
“All this season these are the kind of games we have to win. We are playing at home and always I say if we are playing this way we will win games against our opponents like we did against Swansea, against Hull, against Bournemouth.
“We know if we play with less intensity than we did (against Manchester United) we have problems, so we need to play with at least the same intensity.”
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri on record signing Islam Slimani: “When somebody comes from another country it’s not easy. Some players need six months or one year to be involved in the atmosphere of English football.
“He has scored six goals and that’s good for us. But we have to find him much better because he has very good quality. We have to make more crosses for him.”
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