We had an article out a couple of days go suggesting (hoping would be a better word) that Leicester Cit’s top striker Jamie Vardy would not be available for the game on Saturday after he injured his hip in the last game against Watford and missed England’s game in Spain on Friday night.
Vardy is easily at the top of the Premier league scoring charts this season with 12 goals from 12 games and there’s news today from the England camp that he will not make the game tonight at Wembley against France.
Jamie Vardy – unlikely to be fit for Saturday
England manager Roy Hodgson had hoped with some treatment he would be available, but there seems no way he will be ready to play tonight.
This is what Roy Hodgson has said today:
“It will be touch and go because he came with the injury and we were hoping with the days and the treatment and rest that he would be a lot better.”
“I don’t think it is, so unless there is some real change in that respect then we wouldn’t take a risk with him. That would be unfair on Leicester.“
“He would have to recover and be fit for us to play him and the chances aren’t more than 50-50.”
The hope from a Newcastle point of view is that if he’s only 50-050 today it’s probably unlikely he will be able to play on Saturday at Newcastle – especially since the treatment over the last few days doesn’t seem to have been effective.
Jamie is such an important player for Leicester that maybe they wouldn’t risk him if he’s not fully fit on Saturday.
If Jamie is not available to play against us that will give Newcastle a massive boost that we could get our third win in just five games against high-flying 3rd placed Leicester who have been doing great under new manager Claudio Ranieri.