By Ben Dinnery

15th Jan, 2022 | 10:00am

Medical expert: Vardy 'seriously damaged' and may be out longer than Leicester City letting on

Jamie Vardy has done “serious damage” to his hamstring and there are no guarantees he will return for Leicester City within eight weeks.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

The explosive Vardy, 35, has not featured since suffering the thigh injury late on in the Foxes’ 1-0 win over Liverpool last month (28 December).

Per The Athletic last Friday (7 January), manager Brendan Rodgers revealed the striker does not need surgery but will be out for “up to eight weeks”.

But Dinnery warned Leicester fans hoping to see their talisman back in action in mid-March that “timelines can deviate”.

“Brendan Rodgers described it as a hamstring problem that was high up,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

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“From what he’s described, it could be a proximal hamstring injury. That means it is really high up, next to the glute.

“We tend to see two types of these injuries. One is in terms of the tendon, the attachment point around the pelvis.

“Structurally, tendon injuries take a little bit longer to heal, so that would fit in with what’s been said about Vardy.

“You also have the muscle fascia, if there is damage in terms of a tear. Given that timeline, we can see there is fairly significant damage there.

“We’re not talking about an avulsion or rupture where the tendon has been ripped off the bone, or muscle fibre damage above 75 per cent.

“Surgery has been ruled out. The decision has been made to treat it conservatively, so while it’s a serious issue, six to eight weeks is realistic.

“But these are the types of injuries where timelines can deviate.

“There will be a lot of activity-based recovery so he will have to be managed very, very carefully.”

Leicester, who are 10th in the league, currently have 15 players unavailable through injury, illness, or international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

This site revealed yesterday (13 January) that long-term absentee Wesley Fofana has suffered a setback on his road to recovery from a broken leg.

In other news, Leicester City line up January signing after Rodgers U-turn.