Jamie Vardy has been declared to have faced an injury setback and is now a don’t to feature in the European conference league match against PSV Eindhoven.
The 35-year-old Leicester City icon has been out for a month after suffering a knee injury in Leicester’s 1-0 home win against Leeds on March 5.
Jamie Vardy was believed to be sidelined for four weeks at the time, with Foxes doctors hopeful that he would be able to return after the current international break. Brendan Rodgers, on the other hand, stated today that his veteran attacker had a setback before tomorrow night’s vital Europa Conference League quarter-final against PSV Eindhoven.
Rodgers revealed the unexpected setback by saying “He can run and he is outside, but when he is striking the ball there is an issue so we will have to get to the bottom of that. I just spoke to Jamie. He had been outside, running in straight lines. It was just when he was opening up the MCL a bit when he was striking the ball that he was getting some pain. I will have to speak to the medical team to see where we are at, but it doesn’t sound as if he is too close to being back”.
Jamie Vardy had been out for two months earlier this season due to a hamstring injury, and his outing against Leeds was his first since 2022.
Only 13-goal James Maddison can match Vardy’s record of 12 goals from 24 games this season, having missed a big portion of the season. If Rodgers is denied Vardy’s goal return of one goal every two games, it will be a crushing blow to Leicester’s ambitions of winning a first-ever European championship.
If Rodgers Foxes makes it all the way to the first-ever Europa Conference League final, which will be hosted in Tirana, Albania on May 25, the Leicester legend will be up against the clock.