Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is confident his squad is strong enough to cope with Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi’s absences.
Both players are expected to be out for another two weeks. During this time, the Foxes will play four Premier League games, including Liverpool at King Power Stadium and the FA Cup game against Brighton in the fifth round.
Rodgers said Friday that Vardy is doing well and “on schedule” after his hernia surgery. The club’s top scorer received surgery last week after battling the problem for months.
He is expected to resume training next week and a possible return flight date, possibly the game in Liverpool on February 13th, is being discussed.
Rodgers also revealed that midfielder Ndidi suffered a minor torn thigh during the midweek Everton draw, meaning he’s on the verge of losing too.
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“It’s the same test as the entire season that players went missing,” Rodgers said. “We have had really good results over the season.
“If you shed some light as the season progresses, we’ve missed important players. But we trust the squad. They’ll miss someone with Jamie’s abilities. He’d help any team. I thought Ayo (Ayoze Perez) loved it well done.” and we also have Kel (Kelechi Iheanacho) there who can come in.
“Luckily I have really smart players. If you have Jamie Central we can get in, but it’s something where Ayo brings something else.
“He’s amazing in space, he and James Maddison can turn around and move you forward. We may need to tie the game up with an extra pass instead of getting there in one pass. You might need two or three.”
Leicester’s first test without Vardy and Ndidi will take place on Sunday against Leeds at King Power Stadium live on Sky Sports.
Rodgers has been impressed by Leeds since his promotion to the Premier League and praised them before the game.
“You were excellent,” said Rodgers.
“I’m a big admirer of the coach. Marcelo Bielsa’s teams always play an exciting brand of football and that’s a style you don’t normally see in the Premier League. I’m a huge admirer of Bielsa and his job done.
“The team has played very clearly in every game. They want to attack, they play without fear. That gives them some good results and some games where they lost heavily.”
“But they play in a respectful way. They don’t argue so much with referees. They have great integrity in the game. I enjoyed watching them and preparing to play against them.”