Leicester captain Morgan faces late fitness test

Wes Morgan scored against Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League

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Leicester captain Wes Morgan will have a late fitness test before Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg with Atletico Madrid.

The defender has missed the Foxes’ last six matches because of a nerve problem in his back.

Fellow centre-back Robert Huth is suspended for the game at the King Power Stadium.

France striker Kevin Gameiro, who has missed Atletico’s last five matches with a groin problem, is fit again.

Koke, Saul Niguez, Gabi and Antoine Griezmann are set to return after being rested for Saturday’s 3-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga.

Leicester captain Morgan (right) was back in full training on Monday

Foxes wary of Atletico counter

Leicester failed to manage a single shot on target as they lost last week’s first leg 1-0.

It means they have no option but to attack the Spanish side on Tuesday, but manager Craig Shakespeare knows his players must also be mindful of their visitors on the counter.

Atletico have scored at least once in each of their last six games, and Shakespeare said: “We need to make sure we create more offensively.

“We’ve got to get a goal back. But by the same token, we need to be mindful of players like Griezmann. We need to deny them space because they’re a very, very good counter-attacking team.

“We’re at home, we need to be more forceful than we were, but respectful of the opposition as well.”

Fortress King Power – the stats

  • 67.7% of teams who have won their Champions League first leg 1-0 at home have progressed to the next round (21 out of 31).
  • Atletico Madrid and Leicester City are meeting for the third time in a European home/away tie after facing each other in the first round of the 1961-62 Cup Winners Cup and 1997-98 Uefa Cup. The Spanish side qualified on both previous occasions.
  • Leicester City are the first team since Malaga in 2012-13 to reach the quarter-finals on their Champions League debut. They’re also the eighth English team to make it to the last eight of the competition, more than any other country.
  • Leicester have won all four of their Champions League home games this season (six goals scored, one conceded).
  • Leicester are the lowest scoring side in the Champions League among the eight teams left in this season’s competition (10 goals in nine games). 50% of their goals have come from set-piece.
  • No team has conceded more penalties than Leicester in this season’s Champions League (four, only two of which were converted).
  • Atletico Madrid have the chance to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the third time in four seasons.

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