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Leicester hoping to overcome in-form Canaries
Last Updated: February 17, 2012 4:36pm
Paul Lambert: Hoping Norwich can carry league momentum into Foxes clash
Norwich will look to carry their storming Premier League form into the FA Cup fifth round when they host Leicester on Saturday.
The Canaries have made waves in the top-flight so far this season following promotion last year and currently sit eighth in the table and four points adrift of nearest rivals Liverpool.
Paul Lambert's men have suffered just one defeat in their last nine games in all competitions and boast an impressive home record, having lost only three times in the league at Carrow Road this season.
Leicester are one of five sides still flying the Championship flag in the tournament after disposing of lowly Swindon in the fourth round.
The Foxes, who have lost their last two away games, to Watford and Brighton, could face a tough task overthrowing the Canaries on their own turf.
Nigel Pearson's side are currently mid-table in the Championship and sit a distant nine points adrift of the play-off places despite starting the season as promotion favourites.
Norwich did the double over the Foxes in the second-tier last season, edging them out 4-3 in the last encounter between the two sides at Carrow Road.
Neither side have lifted the FA Cup in their history and the Canaries are bidding to go beyond the fifth round for the first time since 1992, when they reached the semi-finals.
The Canaries will make late checks on three players ahead of the game, with Kyle Naughton, Elliot Ward and Adam Drury all needing to prove their fitness.
James Vaughan could be involved in the squad after the striker featured for the club's reserves in midweek.
However, January signing Jonny Howson is still sidelined, along with Zak Whitbread, Marc Tierney and Declan Rudd.
Defenders Sol Bamba and John Pantsil come back into the reckoning for Leicester ahead of the trip to Norfolk.
With so many players unavailable to Pearson, their return from the Africa Cup of Nations will be a relief for the manager.
Danny Drinkwater is the latest to require treatment. The former Manchester United trainee injured a foot during the Championship defeat at Watford on Tuesday night and the club are awaiting the results of an X-ray.
The midfielder would not have featured at Carrow Road anyway as he is cup-tied having already played in the competition this season during a loan spell at Barnsley.
Back-up goalkeeper Conrad Logan and teenage defender Liam Moore are also cup-tied but on-loan striker Nathan Delfouneso will be allowed to play as his parent club Aston Villa were eliminated in the previous round.
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Leicester boss Nigel Pearson was full of praise for David Nugent after the striker fired his side into the FA Cup quarter-finals.