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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Vardy recovers from foot injury in time for clash with Blades

Jamie Vardy. Photo: PA Wire
Jamie Vardy. Photo: PA Wire

Jamie Vardy has recovered from a foot injury and will be involved when Leicester travel to Sheffield United in the League Cup.

The striker gave the Foxes a scare at the weekend when he hobbled off late on against Brighton but, despite being sore, there is no serious damage.

Vardy has trained since and he will be in the squad for the second-round tie at Bramall Lane tonight.

“Jamie trained this (Monday) morning. It was sore yesterday (Sunday), but he was okay to train today,” said Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare yesterday.

“I think it was more of a nerve rather than a kick. Once we released the pressure in his foot, it became a lot easier for him.

“He is okay and will be involved tomorrow. At what length, we will have to wait and see. I plan to make changes.”

Kelechi Iheanacho will miss out against the Blades but Shakespeare hopes the former Manchester City striker will be fit for the Premier League trip to play Manchester United on Saturday. The £25million signing saw a specialist last week after he was unable to run at full speed without pain in his toe.

“There are no real major problems, which was a bonus,” said Shakespeare. “When players get discomfort, you want that to settle down. Giving him a few days off the grass, we think we have enabled that.

“We would like to push him now to see if we can improve his fitness and that is the idea over the next three or four days.

“I think it would be too soon to throw him in tomorrow, but I think he would be capable of it.”

Like Vardy, captain Wes Morgan was also left nursing an injury following the 2-0 win against Brighton. However, the defender’s back problem has ruled him out tonight.

Robert Huth (ankle) and Danny Drinkwater (thigh) remain out but Nampalys Mendy (ankle) is fit again and will be in the squad along with Ahmed Musa.

Meanwhile, Leicester have condemned the homophobic chanting that took place against Brighton after confirming some of the club’s supporters were removed from the stadium during Saturday’s match.

According to eyewitnesses, the abuse began in the closing stages of the game the hosts won 2-0. Following the match, fans of both clubs took to social media to voice their concerns. Leicestershire Police confirmed that two Leicester fans were arrested for homophobic chants.

Leicester have said they are “disappointed” by the actions of a “minority” of fans but praised the club’s stewards for swiftly removing the offenders from the King Power Stadium and reporting them to the police.

A spokesman for the club said: “While disappointed that such abuse took place during Saturday’s match, we are satisfied that our stewards reacted swiftly and appropriately, which led to the responsible minority being ejected from the stadium and reported to the police.”

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