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Vardy back in contention for Foxes but James faces spell on sidelines

By Staff Reporter

Jamie Vardy is expected to return to the Leicester squad for the Premier League visit of Liverpool but Matty James faces another injury lay-off.

Vardy missed the Carabao Cup game against Jurgen Klopp's team on Tuesday having been withdrawn late on in the draw at Huddersfield last weekend with a groin injury.

The England striker had been unable to train because of the problem but he did some work yesterday and it is hoped he will be back in contention when Liverpool return to the King Power Stadium today.

"We had to take it easy with Jamie the first part of the week but he trained this morning. Hopefully, there will be no reaction. We will see in the morning. He is okay," said Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare.

However, James will miss out against the Reds after being ruled out with an Achilles injury.

The midfielder sustained the problem in the home defeat to Chelsea two weeks ago.

It represents another blow for James, who had missed almost two full seasons with a knee injury before his recent return.

"He will be out for between four to six weeks," said Shakespeare. "He has an Achilles strain. His foot is in a boot."

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