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Jamie Vardy is fit to face Arsenal, says Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers


Jamie Vardy was taken off at half-time in Leicester’s last outing (Picture: Getty Images)

Jamie Vardy is fit and available for Leicester City when they host Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime, after he was taken off at half-time against Brentford last weekend.

There was concern for the 34-year-old after he was substituted halfway through the win at Brentford, replaced by Patson Daka at the break.

Vardy has scored seven goals in just nine Premier League games so far this season so Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers would be loathed to be without him, even with the likes of Daka in reserve.

Rodgers has confirmed that the problem Vardy was struggling with is now behind him and he will be ready for the 12.30pm kick-off at the King Power on Saturday.

‘He’s okay, and he’s trained the last couple of days, so he’s fine,’ Rodgers said on Friday.

‘He’s a remarkable player. An elite mindset in terms of preparing himself every day. He has that humility because he wants to keep working. We have to manage him to make sure he has energy. When he does, there are not too many better. He has had a remarkable career.

‘It’s a great catalyst for the club and a great reference for the young players.’

It was a knee injury that Vardy was struggling with, although clearly not a serious one, with Rodgers explaining the problem after the win at Brentford.

‘He [Vardy] felt something in the warm-up [against Brentford],’ said Rodgers.

‘I could just see in the game that Jamie wasn’t quite himself, wasn’t quite as dynamic, so I don’t want to risk any further injury.

Vardy continues to be an integral part of Rogers’ plans (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We made the change and brought in Patson, who’s fresh and confident after his midweek performance.’

Despite his advancing years, only Mohamed Salah has scored more goals than Vardy in the Premier League so far this season, with Liverpool’s Egyptian star on 10, three more than the Foxes veteran.

Rodgers will be especially delighted to have Vardy available against the Gunners, with the former England man scoring 11 goals in 13 league appearances against Arsenal.


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