Medical expert issues Vardy claim after Leicester City injury latest
No one knows Leicester City hitman Jamie Vardy better than himself – that is why his decision to play on at the weekend must be respected.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Vardy, 34, started the Foxes’ 2-1 win over Brentford on 24 October but was hooked at half-time.
He was ineffectual in those 45 minutes and, as per stats from SofaScore, touched the ball just six times.
As quoted by Leicestershire Live after the final whistle, Brendan Rodgers revealed that Vardy had told him that he “felt something in the warm-up” but “felt okay to give it a go”.
Dinnery maintains that Vardy was right to test the waters despite his fitness concerns.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Every time you walk onto the pitch, there is always a risk of injury.
“That’s just the nature of the sport. What we need to consider is that Jamie Vardy is 34 years of age and no one knows him better than himself.
“If he felt he was able to start the game without causing major issues, you have to respect that.
“There will have been a discussion with the backroom staff with regards to the symptoms as they presented themselves.
“That discussion will have been led by Vardy. Sometimes, if a player feels confident, you have to let him go for it.
“If you have someone on the bench like Patson Daka, who got himself four goals in the build-up to that game, he’s an able deputy.
“So it’s good management from Rodgers. If Vardy thought there was an issue in that first half, he would have signalled to the bench and been removed.“