Jamie Vardy could start for Leicester in their crucial Europa Conference League semi-final against Roma after returning from injury last weekend… but Brendan Rodgers concedes his star striker is unlikely to complete 90 minutes
- Jamie Vardy is in contention to start for Leicester vs Roma on Thursday night
- The Foxes are set to face Jose Mourinho’s men in the Europa Conference League
- The first leg of their semi-final takes place in Leicester, with the decider in Rome
- Vardy could start for Brendan Rodgers’ side following his recovery from injury
- But Rodgers admits the 35-year-old may not be fit enough to play a full match
Jamie Vardy is in contention to start for Leicester against Roma but may not be fit to complete 90 minutes in their biggest game of the season.
The forward has made only three appearances – two from the bench – in 2022 due to hamstring and knee problems but was a late substitute in the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa and will be involved against Jose Mourinho’s team on Thursday, in the first leg of the Europa Conference League semi-final.
Leicester have never before reached this stage of a European competition and are desperate for their talisman to be involved.
Jamie Vardy is in contention to start for Leicester vsRoma but may not complete 90 minutes
Manager Brendan Rodgers said: ‘I am not sure (he could play 90 minutes) but he will be in the squad and that is a big plus for us. He is a top player who has that streetwise element, cuteness and experience.
‘Roma have a great manager and fantastic players. We will have to be at our best over the two legs to reach the final.’
Rodgers is also likely to recall Jonny Evans, who was rested at the weekend, and allayed fears about the fitness of Wesley Fofana. The centre-back had a heavily strapped ankle after the Villa game but is expected to be available.
Vardy returned from a spell on the sidelines in the Foxes’ draw with Aston Villa last weekend
Brendan Rodgers says the 35-year-old is now in contention to start against Roma on Thursday
Ricardo Pereira should start at right-back and is relieved to have Vardy back in contention. He said: ‘It’s very good. Everyone knows his quality. We want to have every player fit and for sure we’ll be stronger with him.’
Roma, meanwhile, could be without key attacker Nicolo Zaniolo, whose hat-trick against Bodo/Glimt fired them into the semi-final of the competition, after he missed their defeat against Inter last weekend with an ankle problem.
Bryan Cristante and Leonardo Spinazzola are also facing a race against time to be fit for Mourinho on Thursday night.