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Jamie Vardy set for operation on hip problem as Brendan Rodgers sweats over fitness of star striker

Jamie Vardy faces an operation on his ongoing hip problem that leaves him facing a ‘few weeks’ on the sidelines.

Leicester’s top scorer has been managing the issue throughout the season but the club’s medical team have decided that surgery can no longer be postponed.

He will definitely miss Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Brentford as well as the trip to Everton on Wednesday and the home game against Leeds next weekend.

Jamie Vardy faces a 'few weeks' on the sidelines and is set for an operation on a hip problem

Jamie Vardy faces a 'few weeks' on the sidelines and is set for an operation on a hip problem

Jamie Vardy faces a ‘few weeks’ on the sidelines and is set for an operation on a hip problem

Vardy has managed the injury through the season but surgery can no longer be postponed

Vardy has managed the injury through the season but surgery can no longer be postponed

Vardy has managed the injury through the season but surgery can no longer be postponed

Manager Brendan Rodgers said: ‘It’s one that doesn’t keep him out for too long but it’s just a repair in and around that sort of hernia area.

‘It’s one we feel he can’t really put it off much longer. We were hoping to do it a few weeks back but this is a window where we can get it done and that will obviously leave him with a good part of the season where he can be really influential for us.’

Unless Vardy makes a particularly speedy recovery, it would also be an uphill struggle to make the matches at Fulham on February 3 and at Wolves four days later.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that his star striker won't be out for too long

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that his star striker won't be out for too long

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that his star striker won’t be out for too long

Unless he makes a speedy recovery, he is also a doubt to face Fulham and Wolves in February

Unless he makes a speedy recovery, he is also a doubt to face Fulham and Wolves in February

Unless he makes a speedy recovery, he is also a doubt to face Fulham and Wolves in February

Vardy has scored 13 goals in all competitions and although he has failed to find the target in any of his last five matches, the 34-year-old is crucial the way Leicester play.

He leaves Leicester third in the table, two points adrift of leaders Manchester United, but Rodgers was bullish about his side’s ability to prosper without Vardy.

Rodgers added: ‘We’ve played without him before and won games. There’s no doubt that when you don’t have one of the top strikers in the league available of course it’s disappointing but we’ve always tried to rely on the collective.’  

Source: Daily

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