Jamie Vardy will be operated on for his ongoing hip problem and will be “a few weeks out,” says Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.
The 34-year-old has scored 11 goals for the Foxes in the Premier League this season. After a small hernia operation, he now has to pause for a few games.
“Jamie Vardy will be out for a couple of weeks,” Rodgers said. “As you know, we’ve managed him for the past few months and he’s been absolutely fantastic.
“We now have a window through which he can have a small operation on his hernia and then he will be back in a few weeks. He will be out for that time.
“It’s one that won’t keep him out too long, but it’s just a repair in and around that hernia area. We don’t think he can put it off long.
“We were hoping to do it a few weeks ago but this is a window we can do it in and that will obviously leave him a good part of the season where he can really influence us.”
Vardy has started 15 out of 18 Premier League games this season and has played in all of the games except when they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa in October due to a calf injury.
Leicester’s closest opponents in the Premier League are Everton, Leeds, Fulham, Wolves, Liverpool and Aston Villa as they face Slavia Prague in the Europa League round of 16 in February.
The Foxes are in third place in the Premier League table, level on points with Manchester City and two points behind Manchester United, and travel to Brentford on Sunday for the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Eriksen wages put a brake on Leicester’s approach
Leicester held preliminary talks with Inter Milan on a loan deal for Christian Eriksen but walked away when the cost of the deal became clear.
Sky Sports News has confirmed a report in the Daily Telegraph alleging that the Danish midfielder’s reported £ 300,000 a week salary at the Serie A club has hurt the Foxes’ interest.
Eriksen’s wages at Inter are believed to be nearly three times those of Leicester’s highest earners, and the club’s hierarchy is unwilling to approve a deal at that price.
The 28-year-old, who joined Inter from Tottenham a year ago on a £ 16.9m deal, was linked with a Premier League return this month after serving as a “no” for Antonio Conte’s project in Italy functional “.
Even so, Leicester remains on loan for a midfielder in January as he plans to cover Dennis Praet’s hamstring injury that will keep him away for three months.
On Thursday, Sky Sports News reported that Leicester was interested in the opportunity to loan Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard when it first became clear that he would be allowed to leave in January.