Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy is likely to miss the Premier League clash against Leeds United.

The Foxes main talisman has been forced into surgery on a hernia problem that has seen him struggle over the New Year.

Vardy was set the initial return date of two weeks, and that doesn’t look to have changed dramatically after going under-the-knife.

Speaking to BT Sport before their clash with Brentford on Sunday, via Leeds Live, Rodgers claimed Vardy wouldn’t be back until February.

“Jamie has had his operation, so it will probably be 10 days before he’s back in training – we felt it would be two weeks until he would be back,” he said.

It means that Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to start at the King Power now, with both sides having one game before they meet on Sunday.

Leeds travel to Newcastle on Tuesday, with Leicester going up against Everton on Wednesday in an intriguing clash.

Massive boost for Leeds.

When the two sides met back in November, Vardy destroyed the Whites defence in that forgettable 4-1 defeat at Elland Road.

The 34-year-old scored, delivered an assist, and also picked up the WhoScored Man of the Match award after tormenting Robin Koch for 90 minutes.

Marcelo Bielsa will be delighted with this update.

The last game Leicester started with Iheanacho over Vardy, they drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace with the Nigerian missing a penalty and another clear-cut chance to score.

Leicester are miles better with Vardy, but they will still cause the Whites huge problems, something they must be wary of.

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