Jamie Vardy has been sidelined for up to four weeks due to a hamstring problem as Leicester’s injury problems continue to worsen.
Vardy – aged 35 next month – had complained of a problem during the Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool last week and was rested for Boxing’s trip to Manchester City.
However, the striker continued to suffer the injury in Tuesday’s Premier League win at home to Liverpool.
“Jamie will be out,” said Brendan Rodgers. “It could be the next three or four weeks.
“It’s a hamstring. It could resist, which is what he wanted to do, but the exam showed it like that.”
Rodgers added that he believes the busy holiday schedule and extra demands placed on players due to the rise in Covid cases played a significant role in Vardy’s injury.
“I think the fatigue element in that combination of games probably led to that,” Rodgers said.
“Players are not robots. People think, because they are paid a lot of money, they should show up and play every single day of the week and they don’t.
He heard it in the cup match in Liverpool, where he hindered his performance in the last half hour.
“We didn’t involve him over the weekend to give him maximum rest – even though he was on the bench he couldn’t play – and the other night he only heard him towards the end of the game.
“It’s the combination of games we’ve had and the recovery time has made things difficult for him.”
Patson Daka is also injured and will miss the Africa Cup of Nations, while Kelechi Iheanacho will head to the tournament next month, leaving Rodgers with limited options in attack.
There has been better news for Leicester regarding James Maddison, who will be fit for Saturday’s home game against Norwich – his former club – despite exiting Liverpool on Tuesday with injury.
Salah has a rare day off as Liverpool are stunned
Leicester have conceded 26 goals in their last nine games, while Liverpool have scored at least one in their last 34.
So when Mohamed Salah stepped forward to take an early penalty that he himself had won, it looked like the script for a match that featured the Premier League’s most prolific offense against one of its most porous – and injury-stricken – defenses. had already been written.
But Salah, Premier League top scorer and man who had turned his last 15 penalties in the competition, instead saw his unusually tame shot blocked by Kasper Schmeichel before hitting the crossbar with a header.
Leicester harnessed the power of that moment, holding on against continued pressure from Liverpool before substitute second-half winner Ademola Lookman, while on the other side Salah withered.
The Egyptian was unstoppable all season, but his missed penalty knocked him out at King Power Stadium. In the first half, sloppy touches crept into his game. In the second, there were too many passes and bad shots on goal.
Salah, who will soon join his country for the Africa Cup of Nations, was not the only one to despise opportunities. Sadio Mane lost a one-on-one golden-edged opportunity. Diogo Jota goes to the side when he should have hit the target. But it was Salah’s struggles that best summed up Liverpool’s night.
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