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Friday 9 December 2016

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri: Jamie Vardy is fit enough to play for England

Jamie Vardy has been fined heavily for abusive comments he made at a casino
Jamie Vardy has been fined heavily for abusive comments he made at a casino
Leicester's Jamie Vardy, battling with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny, has to wear a cast to protect his wrist

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has dismissed any fitness fears over Jamie Vardy linking up with England.

The Premier League's six-goal top scorer has two broken bones in his wrist and has been wearing a cast while playing for the Foxes.

He has been called up for England's final two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania next week.

Vardy suffered the injury after a fall in September's 3-2 win over Aston Villa but, ahead of tomorrow's trip to Norwich, Ranieri eased worries over the 28-year-old.

He said: "He has two broken bones but the medical staff have done very well to treat it. He wants to play and doesn't want to stop because of injury. We agree as long as he is safe, and if the referee says it is okay, then for us it is okay.

"He broke it when he fell to the ground (against Villa). A lot of players want to play on when they feel good. It is not a big problem for the outfield players but for the keepers it would not be possible.

"He is in great condition and deserves to go there (with England)."

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