02252021

Brendan Rodgers provides Jamie Vardy update ahead of Leicester’s meeting with Chelsea


Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has provided a fitness update on his squad, ahead of the club’s fast-approaching showdown with Chelsea.

Leicester the hosts

The marquee matchup of the upcoming round of midweek Premier League fixtures is set to take place at the King Power Stadium.

The clash will see Leicester play host to Chelsea on Tuesday night, in a key meeting in the race for European football.

As things stand, it is of course tomorrow’s hosts who hold the advantage, both when it comes to league position and form.

The Foxes currently sit just two points adrift of table-topping Manchester United, having made it a trio of consecutive wins across all competitions courtesy of a 2-0 downing of Southampton over the weekend.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have looked far from impressive of late.

Though Frank Lampard’s men did manage to bag all 3 points at Craven Cottage on Saturday, they once again toiled in their efforts to do so, on the back of two defeats in their prior three in the Premier League.

In turn, as things stand, the Blues remain on the outside looking in at the top-6, and even further adrift of the Champions League spots.

Vardy boost

As such, Leicester will no doubt fancy their chances of getting one over on their heavyweight opponents this weekend, to further cement their status as genuine title contenders.

And, ahead of Tuesday’s King Power showdown, the Foxes have today been handed a boost.

This comes in the form of the latest on the fitness of the club’s squad.

Speaking in a press conference on Monday, Brendan Rodgers was drawn on his side’s wellbeing, amid the hectic fixture list facing the Premier League’s clubs.

The northern Irishman, though, went on to confirm that, Dennis Praet aside, Leicester are currently in the midst of a clean bill of health.

This of course includes Jamie Vardy, who handed Fantasy Football players a scare over the weekend, after looking in some discomfort in making his way off the pitch versus Southampton.

‘Obviously, Dennis [Praet] is out for a period of time (with a hamstring complaint). Everyone else should be fine,’ Rodgers explained.

‘Papy Mendy just has a slight strain in his neck, so we’ll see how he is, but apart from that, everyone else will be fine. We’ve got a fully fit squad, virtually, which puts us in a good place.’

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester United FC 18 10 37
2 Manchester City FC 17 16 35
3 Leicester City FC 18 12 35
4 Liverpool FC 18 16 34
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 16 33
6 Everton FC 17 7 32
7 Chelsea FC 18 12 29
8 Southampton FC 18 5 29
9 West Ham United FC 18 4 29
10 Aston Villa FC 15 13 26
11 Arsenal FC 18 1 24
12 Leeds United 18 -4 23
13 Crystal Palace FC 19 -11 23
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 19 -8 22
15 Newcastle United FC 17 -9 19
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 19 -7 17
17 Burnley FC 17 -13 16
18 Fulham FC 17 -11 12
19 West Bromwich Albion 18 -27 11
20 Sheffield United FC 19 -22 5
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 8
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 8
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 7
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 6
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 5
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 5



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