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Leicester City assess Jamie Vardy’s fitness ahead of Liverpool clash

City hoping talisman striker shakes off groin injury to face Liverpool

Leicester City will assess the fitness of striker Jamie Vardy today ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.

The England striker picked up a groin injury in the latter stages of last weekend’s draw at Huddersfield Town and was due to be assessed in training this morning after missing Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win over the Reds.

Vardy has been unable to train since limping off at the John Smith’s Stadium and has been receiving treatment at Belvoir Drive.

Vardy has started the season in good form, scoring four times in his first five games, and City boss Craig Shakespeare will be hoping his talisman striker can shake off the injury in time to face Liverpool.

Former City striker Emile Heskey believes Vardy has become the main man at City and it is a role he is revelling in.

“I think he has started the season really well,” said Heskey, who joined City’s opponents on Saturday in a £10 million move in 2000 after making 197 appearances for his home town club and scoring 46 goals.

“He has led the line well, he has taken onboard that he is the main striker and the one people are going to be looking for to create chances.

“He has taken that on his shoulders and looks like he is really enjoying his football. He likes being the main man.

“You have players who just want to be part of the team and squad, and then you have those who want to be the main guys to create and make things happen. Jamie looks like the latter.

“He seems to be the guy who thrives on being the main man to create and score goals.”

Heskey said he was also excited at the potential of City’s recent striker signing Kelechi Iheanacho, but believes it will take the 20-year-old time to settle in at his new club.

Iheanacho joined City in a £25 million move from Manchester City in the summer and made his full debut at Huddersfield Town.

“He looks like a talent,” said Heskey, who was raised in Evington.

“I have seen a bit of him at Manchester City and finishing wise he is really good.

“I don’t think you will see the best of him just yet because he has to understand how Leicester play first.

“If you look at Manchester City they will create ten or 12 chances per game whereas Leicester may not create as many. He has to create stuff for himself like Vardy does.

“He is finding his feet at the minute but potentially they have a really exciting player on their hands.”



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