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Leicester team news: Injured pair ruled out of Birmingham cup encounter

Leicester City will face off against Championship side Birmingham City in a FA Cup fifth round clash at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday evening, with the hosts looking to make it through to the final stages of the competition.

The Foxes have been below par since the start of the year and have won just one out of their last five Premier League games.

However, Leicester will be expected to easily beat Birmingham given their superior league status.

The Foxes must go all out to win the FA Cup this season. They are out of the Premier League title race and so winning the FA Cup will give the fans something to celebrate and add some silverware to the club’s cabinet.

Leicester will have to make do without the services of star striker Jamie Vardy for the game against Birmingham, according to a report by Sky Sports.

Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has said that the Englishman will be available for the club’s game against Aston Villa next Monday, added the report.

Daniel Amartey is another Leicester player who will miss out for the Foxes due to an ankle injury.

History backs the Foxes to win the game. They have not lost a home FA Cup game against a side from a lower division since they were defeated 1-2 by Wycombe in March 2001.

Leicester are also unbeaten against Birmingham in their last five meetings with them. This will be the first meeting between the teams since a Championship game in January 2013 and Leicester won that game 2-1.

Leicester have also progressed from all six of their previous FA Cup ties with Birmingham. This is the first time that the two teams are playing against each other in the FA Cup since the 1998/99 season.

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