By James Agberebi:
Super Eagles duo, Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi, could miss Leicester City's FA Cup fourth round replay against Championship club, Derby County at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday as Claudio Ranieri plans to shuffle his squad, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Since joining Leicester from Belgian Jupiler club, KRC Genk, in the January transfer window, Ndidi has appeared five times for the Premier League champions, while Musa has featured 18 times, scoring two goals.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday's replay following a 2-2 draw in the first meeting, Ranieri reveals that he plans to give players who have seen little playing time a chance.
"I have to protect some players who need to recover and rest. Also, I want to give the opportunity to the other players,"Ranieri states during his Tuesday's pre-match press conference.
Despite welcoming Derby to the King Power Stadium, Ranieri says it will be a difficult game for Leicester who are winless in their last five games.
"Derby are a big team who move the ball very well. They lost against Newcastle but it will be a tough, tough match."
On Leicester's recent poor form, Ranieri expresses confidence that he has the players who can produce the needed results to get out of their present situation.
He adds:"This Club, these players came from the bottom to win a title. They made all the steps and for this reason I am very confident.
"These players are warriors. They have already lived this situation. They know the problem, they know the enemy."
"Never before in my career did I win a title. I can say thank you all my life to the players."