‘New Vardy’ set for Le­ices­ter re­turn at Wat­ford

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

WAT­FORD: A two-week break from Premier League ac­tion has brought good news and bad for flag­ging cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City, who visit Wat­ford to­day.

A 2-1 de­feat at home to West Bromwich Albion sent Clau­dio Ranieri’s men into the in­ter­na­tional break just two points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone and with in­jury is­sues pil­ing up.

But an Eng­land goal for Jamie Vardy, end­ing a two-month drought, has given the Foxes a timely boost ahead of their trip to Vicarage Road.

“It was im­por­tant for him and im­por­tant for ev­ery­body to score,” said man­ager Ranieri.

“Of course he never spoke about it, but I know goalscor­ers al­ways wants to score. Now we’ll see a new Vardy.”

Goal­keeper Kasper Sch­me­ichel (bro­ken hand) and close-sea­son signing Nam­palys Mendy (an­kle) re­main out and key mid­fielder Danny Drinkwa­ter is a doubt with a rib in­jury.

But while Drinkwa­ter was sit­ting out Eng­land’s games against Scot­land and Spain, Vardy was scor­ing for the first time in 15 games in the 2-2 draw with the Spa­niards at Wem­b­ley on Tues­day.

Hav­ing be­ing dropped for his side’s last two Premier League games, the tal­is­man of last sea­son’s ti­tle tri­umph is set for a re­call. “Yes, I think he will have a run of games now,” said Ranieri. “He can play nor­mally now.”

Vardy went 14 games for club and coun­try with­out a goal af­ter scor­ing for Le­ices­ter in their 4-1 de­feat at Liver­pool in Septem­ber.

Vardy said: “It’s just al­ways good to get that goal. That one is in the back of the net now and hope­fully I can kick on and start putting more away.

“The gaffer (man­ager) spoke to us, the strik­ers. The way we play, we can’t get all of us on the pitch and that’s just foot­ball. “That’s how it is. If I’m on the bench then it’s up to me to make an im­pact if I come on.”

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