Medical expert: Leicester City 'hoping and praying' after Jamie Vardy injury update
Leicester City can only “hope and pray” that Jamie Vardy comes through the next phase of his recovery without a further reaction.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Vardy, 35, has been out of action since early March with a medial collateral knee ligament injury.
The talismanic centre-forward returned to individual training this week, where he executed straight-line running drills.
But Brendan Rodgers revealed yesterday (6 April) that Vardy is feeling pain when striking the ball and is “not close” to a return, as quoted by BBC Sport.
The news means he remains sidelined for tonight’s (7 April) Europa League quarter-final first leg at home to PSV Eindhoven.
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Dinnery explained the criteria that Vardy must meet before he is able to return to first-team action.
“It’s a difficult one with him,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“He needs to be taking part in full training and be part of that competitive environment before he comes back.
“He also needs to come through those sessions unscathed with any kind of reaction. Unless he can tick all those boxes, he won’t be considered.
“These are decisions that will be made from game week to game week.
“His involvement could be decided at the very last moment, such is his importance to that Leicester City team.
“Until you’re involved in full-contact sessions and working hard, you don’t know how your body is going to react.
“You just need to hope and pray that all those hard hours with the medical and sports science team have paid off.”
Vardy has scored 12 times and supplied two assists in 24 appearances this term.
The Foxes face Crystal Palace on Sunday (10 April).