CARSON, CA - JULY 30:  Nampalys Mendy #24 of Leicester City in action against Paris Saint-Germain during the 2016 International Champions Cup at StubHub Center on July 30, 2016 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

5 Players That Claudio Ranieri Should Select for Leicester City's Champions League Clash With Porto

Leicester City are in Portugal to face Porto in the final Champions League group stage game on Wednesday, knowing even a loss will not prevent the Foxes from finishing in top spot.


Claudio Ranieri has already admitted that he will play a second string side, leaving a few key players at home and here are five Foxes who will be hoping to get some game time...

5. Harvey Barnes

18-year-old midfielder Harvey Barnes is the most surprising inclusion in the Leicester City squad that travelled to Portugal this week, with Ranieri citing the teenager's impressive displays for the under 23s behind the decision.


Leicester City fans have not had much young stars to get excited about in recent years and a cameo appearance from the bench on such a huge stage, might be as beneficial for the supporters as it is for the player himself. 

4. Ron-Robert Zieler

With Kasper Schmeichel still nursing a hand injury, Ron-Robert Zieler will be given another opportunity to prove himself as a reliable understudy to the Danish stopper and even a potential competitor to the position.


Since arriving from Hannover last summer, the 27-year-old has not exactly shown his worth and nine appearances already this season, he has had enough chances. Facing off against the legendary Iker Casillas at the Estadio do Dragao could give Zieler the chance to shine. 

3. Ben Chilwell

One Leicester City talent that does have the fans talking is 19-year-old full back Ben Chilwell. The left sided defender broke into the first team at times last season, but has seen his chances limited this campaign.


A single League Cup appearance is all that Chilwell has to his name so far this season, but Ranieri might be tempted to field the teenager in Christian Fuch's place for the meaningless clash with Porto.

2. Nampalys Mendy

One of the most common conclusions to Leicester City's struggles in the Premier League this season has been the absence of N'Golo Kante, yet, a closer look shows that Nampalys Mendy, who was captured to full the void that his compatriot left, has been injured since August.


The 24-year-old looked impressive in his first few games for the Foxes and seemed an out-and-out replacement for Kante but his injury has really hit the club hard. Now back to full fitness, playing time against Porto is essential to get Mendy back in the regular starting line up.

1. Leonardo Ulloa

With both Jamie Vardy and Islam Slimani left at home, the Porto game could be the optimum time for Leonardo Ulloa to once again show what he can offer to the Foxes' season, despite offering an integral contribution to last season's title success.


The Argentinian front man has made a total of 11 appearances this season, including two in the Champions League, yet every single one came from the bench. The Foxes faithful will be calling on Ranieri to start Ulloa from the offset.