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LEICESTER CITY have been hit with an injury crisis that has forced them to draft a number of youth players into their first team squad.

Injuries to first teamers Muzzy Izzet, Arnar Gunnlaugsson, Dean Sturridge, Callum Davidson, Stefan Oakes, Trevor Benjamin, Gerry Taggart and Darren Eadie has left manager Peter Taylor with little choice but to call on some of his most promising younger players.

Jordan Stewart, 19, made his first team debut at Arsenal and he has been followed into the squad set-up by Matthew Heath, Martin Reeves, Danny Thomas and Matty Piper.

"It's a very frustrating time for us," said Taylor. "The amount of injuries means we've had to draft in several of our younger players.

"As well as the injuries, we will not have several of our senior international players back in training until the Friday before the game."

Taylor also has the headache of a number of players being on international duty this week and he will be praying that Robbie Savage, Matthew Jones, Frank Sinclair, Ian Walker and Matt Elliott all return unscathed.

Leicester play Ipswich on Saturday looking for their first Premiership point of the season.