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Leicester boss discusses Vardy availability for FA Cup fifth-round tie

Jamie Vardy - Leicester City
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The 2019-20 Premier League Golden Boot winner underwent a groin procedure in January and has only recently staged his return.

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Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Jamie Vardy will play some part in Leicester City’s FA Cup clash with Brighton on Wednesday.

Vardy stepped onto the pitch near the hour-mark of the Premier League match against Wolves at the weekend, having missed Leicester’s previous three fixtures.

The striker, who has 11 goals from 19 league games this term, had been away from action after undergoing a groin operation in January.

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The absence of their talisman was quite noticeable for the Foxes who managed only one win in the three matches without him, drawing to Everton and losing to Leeds United.

“Wednesday is a big game for us. He hasn’t lost too much fitness, that’s the reality of it. He’s got a great level of fitness,” said Rodgers, as per Sky Sports.

“He’d obviously had the 10 days out, he’d trained a bit with the team, and then we gave him the half-hour.

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“You can see what he brings to the team. We’ll definitely get him some minutes on Wednesday, whether that’s in the first period of the game, or the second, so he’ll feature at some point.”