‘It’s not as serious as we thought. It’s not a hamstring’: Brendan Rodgers ‘hopeful’ Jamie Vardy can play in Leicester’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Aston Villa after suffering injury scare during win over West Ham
- Jamie Vardy damaged a glute during Leicester’s midweek win over West Ham
- The 33-year-old will not play a part in their FA Cup tie at Brentford on Saturday
- However, he could feature in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg
- Leicester go into the clash with Aston Villa with the scoreline 1-1 from the first leg
Vardy damaged a glute during the 4-1 win over West Ham on Wednesday and will not feature in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Brentford – though he would not have played even if fit with Leicester certain to rotate.
Yet Rodgers refused to rule out Vardy being involved at Villa Park, with the winner guaranteed to advance to Wembley after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.
Jamie Vardy could be fit for Leicester’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Aston Villa on Tuesday
Vardy damaged a glute during their 4-1 Premier League win over West Ham on Wednesday
‘He can’t play at the weekend and will be a question mark for Tuesday,’ said Rodgers. ‘It’s not as serious as what we thought; not a hamstring.
‘We are hopeful for Tuesday but there is a little bit of work to do over the course of the next few days. He will get some work in with the medical team over the weekend.’
Vardy turned 33 earlier this month but Rodgers feels the Premier League’s top scorer has many fruitful years ahead of him.
He did not break into League football until joining Leicester from Fleetwood Town in 2012 – in contrast to the majority of top strikers who have been playing high-level football since their teenage years.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is ‘hopeful’ that the 33-year-old will be fit for the second leg
Rodgers added: ‘He maybe doesn’t have so many miles on the clock as other players who break in at the age of 16 or 17.
‘I can only judge what I see now. Looking at him, his fitness, his speed and his understanding means if he can stay fit he can play for a number of years at a really high level.
‘He is 33 and has a good lifestyle, looking after himself. Some players can be written off after the age of 30, but between 30 and 35 they can be a great asset as long as they lead the right lifestyle.’
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