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Leicester Premier League title tilt: I'm fighting fit and injury free, roars striker Jamie Vardy

By Robert Jones

Jamie Vardy insists he is injury-free and ready to keep Leicester's title charge on track.

The striker netted twice - including a goal-of-the-season contender 30-yard volley - in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Liverpool, which kept the Foxes top of the Premier League.

Vardy, who is talking to the club about a contract extension until 2019, had a seven-game goalless streak after undergoing a groin operation last month, but believes he is back to full fitness.

"I've got no problems and, as each game comes, we're going to get better and stronger and hopefully I'll get the season out with no more niggles," he said ahead of Leicester's crucial trip to second-placed Manchester City on Saturday.

Boss Claudio Ranieri added: "Now it is one month since he (Vardy) restarted training (after his operation). Before he didn't train well and played without training. It is not easy. He continued to score but slowly he started to go down."

Simon Mignolet had kept Liverpool level with a fine first-half stop from Shinji Okazaki, but admitted they failed to test Leicester.

"We didn't create enough chances to score and when you play Leicester away from home you have to make chances to put them under pressure," he said.

"We didn't manage to do that but everybody tried their best."

The goalkeeper also called on his team to recover ahead of the visit of Sunderland on Saturday.

He added: "You can't really change anything, so the only thing you have to do is learn from the mistakes and take the positives."

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