Leicester’s Jamie Vardy out for eight weeks with hamstring injury | Football news

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Leicester forward Jamie Vardy will be out for eight weeks after suffering a hamstring injury.

Vardy – 35 this month – had complained of a problem during the Carabao Cup loss to Liverpool in December, rested for the Boxing Day trip to Man City, but subsequently got injured in the Premier League’s victory over Liverpool at the end of December.

Vardy won’t need an operation, but the injury was worse than initially feared.

Patson Daka is also injured and will miss the Africa Cup of Nations, while Kelechi Iheanacho is at the tournament with Nigeria, leaving Rodgers with limited options up front.

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Jonny Evans was also ruled out until April as Leicester’s injury concerns escalate

Jonny Evans also underwent surgery to resolve his own hamstring problem after limping against Newcastle in December and is out until April.

Boss Brendan Rodgers said: “Jamie will be out for several weeks. It’s unfortunate for him, but we’re looking at up to eight weeks. He’ll be out for a while.

“That’s the top end of his hamstrings, you’re looking for in March for Jamie. He doesn’t need an operation and that was the only good news.”

Evans has been struggling with a foot problem for almost a year, but it’s the hamstring injury he suffered against the Magpies that will keep the Northern Ireland international out.

Rodgers added: “He’s had surgery so he’ll be in April, with his hamstrings, he needed it.”

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