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Leicester boss Rodgers issues Maddison, Vardy update ahead of Aston Villa clash


Leicester City are monitoring the fitness of key duo James Maddison and Jamie Vardy ahead of Sunday’s clash with Aston Villa.

While Villa were losing narrowly at home to Manchester City, the Foxes were being held 2-2 at Southampton, with the in-form Maddison scoring a well-taken second-half equaliser.

Maddison has been outstanding in the recent weeks, recapturing the form he showed in the first half of last season.

A hip injury and a dip in form halted his momentum over the second half of last term and saw him drop out of contention for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020.

Now back to his best, there were worrying signs for the Foxes at Southampton when he went down injured in the second half, although he managed to finish the game.

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“It was more his glute than his hip, just a little something there,” said Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers.

“Overall, I thought he was excellent. I thought whenever we got on the ball, whenever we arrived into good areas, he looked a real threat.

“The goal was outstanding. He started that for us in the first half, he went and got the ball, turned, and then took us up the field. He looked a real threat and he worked very hard. I’m very pleased for him.”

Talisman Vardy started his first midweek game of the season at St Mary’s.

Now 34, Leicester have been managing the striker’s game time carefully this season.

“It’s something we always have to look at. I had a chat with Jamie to see how we feels in the recovery,” explained Rodgers.

“Most players will tell you they want to play every minute of every game, but that’s my job to decide that.

“He felt good, he recovered well. You saw tonight his energy, he gave everything to the game. We’ll just see with that.

“We have other strikers who can play as well. He’s played the last few games and he’s in good form.

“He recovered well, so I felt he could come into this game, and I thought he was excellent.”

If Vardy is left out at Villa Park, Rodgers’ other options are Kelechi Iheanacho and Patson Daka.

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