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Brendan Rodgers gives Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Harvey Barnes injury updates after Arsenal defeat


Jamie Vardy is fit to face Burnley (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers is confident Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy will be fit to face Burnley but says James Maddison is likely to miss the trip to Turf Moor.

Maddison was unable to feature in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, while Vardy played on through the pain barrier after sustaining an apparent groin injury in the game.

Leicester have a growing injury problem and the Foxes lost Harvey Barnes to a knee injury during the second half against the Gunners, with the midfielder set to miss the next six weeks of action.

While Barnes’ absence was expected, supporters had been hoping that Maddison would be fit but Rodgers says the midfielder needs more time, though Vardy will be fit to face the Clarets.

Barnes will miss the next six weeks (Photo by Rui Vieira – Pool/Getty Images)
Maddison is not fit yet (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

On Maddison, Rodgers said: ‘Nothing more. He’s feeling better, so we’re hopeful that later on in the week, he can get some movement out on the grass.’

On Vardy, the former Liverpool boss sounded confident the striker would be fit to start.

‘He just had a sharp reaction, but nothing more than that,’ said Rodgers.

‘You could see he went on and he played in the game. A little bit stiff… but I don’t think there’s anything more than just a bit of soreness.’

Leicester’s defeat has left the Foxes looking over their shoulder in the race for the top four, particularly given Liverpool’s win against Sheffield United.

The Premier League champions take on Chelsea on Thursday, meaning Leicester have the chance to capitalise on dropped points for at least one of their rivals.

Barnes has been in sensational form for the Foxes this term but Rodgers insists he won’t return until mid-April.

‘We’re hopeful that he’ll be going in for surgery tomorrow,’ said Rodgers.

‘Part of the patellar is separated in the knee, that’s come away, so it’s just a repair job there and hopefully he can be back in six weeks.’


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