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Leicester's Danny Simpson: We can finish the job without hitman Jamie Vardy

By Simon Peach

Danny Simpson is confident Jamie Vardy's continued absence will not stop Leicester from wrapping up the title at Manchester United this weekend.

The 29-year-old England striker missed Sunday's 4-0 trouncing of Swansea after been sent off the previous weekend, having picked up a second booking against West Ham for a dive.

Vardy's furious reaction to referee Jon Moss led to further punishment, with the Football Association hitting the striker with a £10,000 fine and an extra one-match ban for improper conduct.

Leicester were also fined £20,000 after admitting a charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion following the award of an 83rd-minute penalty.

However, Simpson believes Claudio Ranieri's men will cope without Vardy once more this weekend, when victory at 20-time champions United would seal the title.

"We have just sent a message to everyone who has been a bit negative about us," the defender said of the Swansea win. "We have players who can come in and do well. Leo (Ulloa) was man of the match and Jeff (Schlupp) has come in and was excellent."

Winning the title this weekend at Old Trafford would be special for Simpson and Danny Drinkwater, having both come through the United youth system.

"Me and Drinky have spoken about it and said it is a big game," the full-back said. "Whenever we are going to Old Trafford for us it is a big game.

"We want to enjoy it and are looking forward to it."

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