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1 March 2013

Lee willing to put contract talks on hold as he understands that Town's survival bid comes first

Lee Martin has stated that getting Town to safety is the only priority at the Club at the minute and understands that contract talks will have to be put on hold.

The midfielder is one of a number of players out of contract at Portman Road in the summer and talks regarding his future have taken a back seat until the completion of the campaign, something the former Manchester United man agrees with.

“The manager has said that he and the Club will talk about contracts towards the end of the season,” Lee told the Club website.

“That is the right decision because the focus for everyone at the moment is getting the Club up the table.

“That is all that counts and we are trying to pick up as many points as possible.

“Hopefully that can start against Leicester today and no one needs to remind us of the last time we played them.

“It was a game to forget but I think we have become a much more solid team since that day and Leicester will be facing a different Town side to the one they faced that day.”

Team news

Town boss Mick McCarthy will again be without the services of long-term injury victims Anthony Wordsworth (back) and Paul Taylor (foot) for the game against the Foxes. Richard Stearman, who is on loan at Portman Road from Wolves, is expected to feature against his former club by continuing at right-back. The defender came through the Academy ranks before establishing himself in the first-team at the King Power Stadium.  

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is sweating on the fitness of David Nugent. The striker missed the Foxes 3-0 win over Blackburn in the week with a neck injury and has been rated as ‘touch and go’ for the Portman Road clash. Striker Chris Wood, who played against Town for Millwall earlier this term, is expected to lead the line for the Foxes.

Where they finished last season

Town- 15th
Leicester- 9th

Where they currently stand

Town- 20th
Leicester- 5th

One to watch

Anthony Knockaert. The French midfielder arrived at the King Power Stadium from Guingamp in the summer and has settled into Championship football with ease. The winger has been a regular starter for the Foxes and has endeared himself to the Leicester supporters with his classy displays. He’s certainly one to watch as he can deliver quality into the box from out wide, as well as also showing that he has an eye for goal with 8 strikes to his name so far this season.

Match Officials

Referee: Darren Deadman
Assistants: Neil Davies and Stephen Daly
Fourth Official: Michael Bull

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