Mills Exclusive: Leeds handed major 'Bonus' by early Leicester team news

The absence of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy for this weekend’s game is a “bonus” for Leeds United but they should not be complacent to what their other attackers can do.

That is the view of former Whites and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Brendan Rodgers confirmed Vardy will miss the visit of Leeds.

The striker had a hernia operation last week and Rodgers told the club’s website the 34-year-old will return next week after struggling initially post-operation.

Defensive midfielder Wilfried Ndidi has joined Vardy on the treatment table and he will also miss the visit of the Yorkshire giants.

Asked by Football Insider whether it was a boost for the Leeds defence to not have to face Vardy, Mills said: “It will be, he’s got blistering pace.

“But you’ve still got to be careful. They’re a well managed, well-coached, very strong side. 

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“They’ve still got some good players in those sort of situations, the likes of Harvey Barnes and everybody else. They can still be very threatening in what they’re doing.

“You have to look at it and think ‘Right OK, deal with what it is. All teams have injuries, all teams have players out.’

“It’s sort of a bonus but do not get above your situation too quick because that can be very, very dangerous.”

Leicester have scored four goals in their last two games in the absence of Vardy beating Brentford 3-1 in the FA Cup and drawing 1-1 with Everton in the league.

They come into Sunday’s game unbeaten in nine games across all competitions while Leeds recorded just their first win of 2021 against Newcastle United on Tuesday.

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