Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater set to join Aston Villa on loan

Danny Drinkwater playing for Burnley

Leicester City had to come from one-nil down to hold Aston Villa one-all in the Carabao Cup first leg semi-final at the King Power Stadium.

However, ex-Liverpool and Leicester City star Heskey has questioned why Brenda Rodgers did not bring on Iheanacho the field earlier into the encounter not when he replaced Ayoze Perez in the 69th minute but the Super Eagles forward found back of the net five minutes later to salvage the home side from losing.

Iheanacho's strike earned us a 1️⃣-1️⃣ draw in our first leg of the #CarabaoCup semi-final.

Villa, meanwhile, will be without Drinkwater as he is cup-tied from his loan spell at Burnley and Smith insists the deal was a gamble worth taking.

Resilient Villa frustrated the hosts with excellent Tyrone Mings in the back but the Foxes were hardworking and often not at their best.

Villa scored against the run of play soon after through Guilbert, who threw himself into the danger zone to prod Anwar El Ghazi's cross past Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester will feel they should have won after dominating for long periods, but the team in second place in the Premier League will have to finish the job at Villa Park in the second leg on January 28.

Leicester's pressure finally told in the 74th minute.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers called on Hamza Choudhury for Dennis Praet to free Youri Tielemans. Little wonder Smith was so proud of his team, with the manager's only complaint being the "farcical" nature with which they conceded given it resulted from Konsa and Douglas Luiz making a mess between them of what should have been a straightforward free-kick for Villa. We're going to give him an environment where he can flourish and he looks really hungry.

"I thought Leicester were the better team".

Vardy returned from a calf problem but Leicester have their own injury issue this month, with Rodgers saying holding midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will require a minor operation on Thursday on a knee complaint.

Yet the match got to halftime with the visitors still in the lead. "And we did a bit tonight".

The second leg of City-United is on January 29, and the final will be staged at Wembley Stadium on March 1.