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Rodgers gives Ndidi and Vardy fitness updates

Brendan Rodgers has provided updates on the fitness of Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy ahead of Leicester’s clash with Leeds this weekend.

Ndidi was withdrawn during the midweek draw at Everton after sustaining a hamstring injury, with Rodgers confirming that the Nigerian international will miss this weekend’s clash after suffering a slight tear.

Rodgers revealed, however, that the extent of the injury is better than first feared and believes the 24-year-old will be fit to return to action in around ‘eight to 10 days’.

“He’s just got a slight tear, so he will be out for eight to 10 days. Sometimes those can be a lot longer than that, so we’re fortunate,” the Northern Irishman told his pre-match press conference.

Rodgers also discussed the progress of Jamie Vardy who has undergone surgery to correct a problematic hip injury, the Foxes forward expected to miss around a month of action following the operation.

The former Liverpool and Celtic boss confirmed that the 34-year-old is already running just six days after undergoing the operation and says the club’s leading scorer is on schedule to return to full training in around 10 days time.

“He’s six days post operation. Having been sore initially, I saw him in the gym today and he’s starting to run. He’s progressing really well. He’s on schedule. We’ll look to get him training after 10 days following the operation and we’re on course for that.”

Leicester’s 1-1 draw at Everton extended the Foxes’ unbeaten league run to seven games, with Rodgers side currently third in the Premier League, two points adrift of league leaders Manchester City.

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