Jamie Vardy faces eight weeks OUT due to a hamstring injury in huge blow to Leicester… with Brendan Rodgers fearing he could be left with just EIGHT outfield players for start of FA Cup defence
- Brendan Rodgers has revealed Jamie Vardy will be out of action for eight weeks
- Leicester will start their defence of the FA Cup without a recognised striker
- Jonny Evans requires an operation and is unlikely to appear before April
- Rodgers believes he may have just eight outfield players available for Watford
Brendan Rodgers has revealed Jamie Vardy will be out of action for eight weeks in a huge blow to injury-hit Leicester.
Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that the Foxes would not rush Vardy back from his hamstring problem after initially saying he would be absent for only three or four weeks, and now Rodgers has confirmed his top scorer will be unavailable at least until March.
Vardy played through the pain barrier during the Foxes’ shock 1-0 win over Liverpool on December 28 as the FA Cup holders begin their campaign to retain the trophy against Watford on Saturday, they are without a recognised striker.
Jamie Vardy is set to sit out for eight weeks due to a hamstring injury in a big blow for Leicester
Kelechi Iheanacho is part of the Nigeria squad for the Africa Cup of Nations while Patson Daka is also out with a hamstring problem, though he could be back in time for Leicester’s meeting with Burnley next Saturday. In the meantime it is likely Harvey Barnes or Ayoze Perez will lead the attack.
‘The injury was in the higher part of Jamie’s hamstring so you are looking at March for him,’ said Rodgers. ‘He does not need an operation – that was the only bit of good news from it.’
Meanwhile Jonny Evans, who is as important to Leicester’s defence as Vardy is to their attack, needs an operation on a hamstring problem and is unlikely to play again before April.
Brendan Rodgers faces the tough task of putting together a starting XI for the visit of Watford
Jonny Evans requires an operation on his hamstring and could be out of action until April
That makes Leicester’s need for a central defender even greater and they will attempt to make a loan signing this month. As well as Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, James Justin and Wesley Fofana are also unavailable due to injury, while Daniel Amartey and Wilfred Ndidi are at the Cup of Nations.
Rodgers believes he may have as few as eight outfield players available for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Watford – Jannik Vestergaard, Hamza Choudhury, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Marc Albrighton, Harvey Barnes, Ademola Lookman and Ayoze Perez.
Timothy Castagne was due to train on Friday after a knock and may be fit in time, but Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has a calf problem and is unlikely to be risked.