Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Leicester City will be without Jamie Vardy for their upcoming FA Cup tie with Wigan Athletic.
The Championship side will travel to the East-Midlands on Saturday evening to take on the Foxes and will be buoyed by the fact one of their key players has been ruled out.
Speaking to the media during the pre-match press conference, Rodgers said: “He’s coming along very well. He’s done some good work with our medical team.
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“He’s not available for the game but he will be back training on Sunday. Everyone else will be available.”
So with the exception of Vardy the Premier League outfit head into the weekend with a clean bill of health. Considering the number of games they’ve had to play in such a short space of time, that’s a testament to Rodgers’ management – having made wholesale changes in the Premier League games of late and the conditioning of his talented squad.
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Vardy’s imminent return will be key to Leicester City’s chances of holding onto second place with Pep Guardiola’s side hot on their heels. The former England striker is currently the Premier League’s top goalscorer with 17 goals in 19 appearances – a truly brilliant record.
Rodgers will be confident his team will have enough to overcome Wigan even without his star striker. With a League Cup semi-final versus Aston Villa to come on Wednesday night, it will be interesting to see whether or not the 46-year-old opts to rotate his squad this weekend.
Indeed, whilst Vardy will be unavailable for the game against Wigan, the Foxes will still have the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho to help lead the line and give the King Power Stadium outfit a great chance of progressing to the next round of the tournament.