'He can’t put it off much longer' - Leicester City to be without key man in Leeds United clash

LEEDS United will not have to deal with Leicester City's star striker Jamie Vardy in their Premier League clash at The King Power Stadium this month.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 4:43 pm

Last season's Golden Boot winner Vardy has been managing a hernia issue throughout the 2020/21 campaign but is now set to have a small corrective procedure in the coming days.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers says the 34-year-old will be out for the next few weeks meaning the clinical striker will miss the date against Marcelo Bielsa's Whites on the last day of this month.

"Jamie Vardy will be out for a few weeks," said Rodgers, as reported by Leicester City's official website.

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MINOR OPERATION: For Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, right, pictured coming off in the 88th minute of Tuesday night's 2-0 win at home to Chelsea which at the time sent the Foxes top. Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images.

"As you know, we’ve been managing him over this last number of months, and he’s been absolutely fantastic.

"We have a window now that allows him to have a minor operation on his hernia and then he’ll be back within a few weeks.

"He’ll be out for that period.

"It’s one that doesn’t keep him out for too long, but it’s just a repair in and round that hernia area. It’s one we feel he can’t really put it off much longer.

"We were hoping to do it a few weeks back, but this is a window where we can get it done and that will obviously leave him with a good part of the season where he can be really influential for us."

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