After hurting his hamstring against Liverpool, Leicester City striker and club top scorer Jamie Vardy will be side-lined for a while, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.
Despite missing the Boxing Day loss to Manchester City due to a hamstring injury, Vardy played the complete 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool.
“Jamie will be gone for the weekend, but James Maddison should be fine. Vardy will decide; it might be in the next three to four weeks “Rodgers made the announcement to reporters ahead of Saturday’s home match against Norwich City, who are currently in the relegation zone.
“He couldn’t tell if it was (during a challenge with Joel Matip) or if he felt the discomfort at the time. He continued to run and soldier on, as he desired. However, because the MRI revealed that he has a hamstring problem, he could be out for three to four weeks.”
After missing the last three games in all competitions, winger Harvey Barnes returned to training for the first time, while Ryan Bertrand is expected to return next week.
Rodgers reiterated that player welfare was a critical concern that must not be overlooked amid a demanding schedule and games that had to be rescheduled due to COVID-19 outbreaks, but that his pleas had gone unanswered.
“We’ve had several meetings, but football doesn’t appear to be a factor. It’s more about how you play the games and how much money you make “he stated
“We’re more concerned about our players’ physical and mental health. I’m hoping that this will be taken into account in January, when players will be under more pressure. It doesn’t seem proper to start looking for more fixtures after that.”