Leicester City’s top scorer Jamie Vardy will be fit to face Chelsea in Saturday afternoon’s crucial Premier League game against Chelsea at the King Power Stadium, with the Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers saying that the former England man will be in the squad to face Aston Villa in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tomorrow evening.
Vardy came off early in last Wednesday’s 4-1 win at home to West Ham United with a suspect hamstring issue but initial fears of a layoff have been ruled out after Leicester confirmed that it was just a minor glute issue.
The 33-year-old will be in the squad that travels to Villa Park tomorrow after the first leg finished 1-1.
“He’s in the squad,” Rodgers said at his press conference ahead of the semi-final. “He’s worked very hard since his injury last midweek.
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“He’s in the squad and then we’ll give it another full day, see how he is tomorrow, and see whether he starts or comes off the bench. But he’ll certainly have a part to play.”
Rodgers, however, said that Vardy is not fully fit but is worth risking with a trip to Wembley at stake.
“It’s one where if you’re asking me: ‘Will he be 100 per cent?’ He might be 80 per cent, but I’d rather an 80 per cent Jamie Vardy, with what he gives the team, and his threat,” the former Liverpool manager added.
“It’s also about the further risk of injury with Jamie, that’s what we’re weighing up. But he’s come through the last two days on the field well.
“We’ll see how that looks in the morning, but I’m very confident he’ll be involved in some part.”
Frank Lampard’s side drew 1-1 with the Foxes at Stamford Bridge in August but trail them by eight points as the race for a top four place heats up.