Nigel Pearson will NOT weaken his Leicester team against Chelsea ahead of Newcastle clash

CLEAR ... Nigel Pearson.
CLEAR ... Nigel Pearson.

NIGEL Pearson insisted it is an “insult” to suggest he would pick a weakened team to face Chelsea as Leicester battle the drop.

The Foxes boss is adamant he will pick his strongest possible side for their game against the leaders tomorrow night.

I think any questions that intimate there may be a hint of lack of commitment is pretty poor personally, from either side. I think that is an insult to our professionalism.

Nigel Pearson

Leicester have won four straight games in the Premier League and are out of the bottom three for the first time since November.

Chelsea will win the title if they beat the Foxes and then Crystal Palace on Sunday, while Leicester – who climbed above Sunderland at the weekend – are a point above the relegation zone.

They host Newcastle in Saturday’s early kick-off as well, but Pearson vowed he will not prioritise games and weaken his side.

He said: “We expect them to be at their best, as I am sure they will expect us to be at our best.

“I think any questions that intimate there may be a hint of lack of commitment is pretty poor personally, from either side. I think that is an insult to our professionalism.

“My angle on it, and I will make it very clear again, is the considerations we have in relation to selecting the team for this game will go along the same lines as we do for every game.

“That is to pick the strongest and best side for this fixture.

“What is our strongest side? Do you know? It is a loaded question. Our fundamental priority is getting it right for us.

“A weakened side is being disrespectful to our squad of players. I’ve never picked a side which doesn’t have the integrity of any competition in mind.”