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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is confident his squad is strong enough to handle Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi’s absences.

Both players are expected to be two more Weeks fail. During that time, the Foxes will play four Premier League games including Liverpool at King Power Stadium and the FA Cup draw with Brighton.

Rodgers said Vardy is doing well and “on schedule” after his hernia surgery. The club’s top scorer received surgery last week after battling the problem for months. He is expected to resume training next week and a possible return flight date, possibly the Liverpool game on February 13th, is being discussed.

Rodgers also revealed that midfielder Ndidi suffered a minor thigh tear during the midweek draw at Everton had, which means he’s on the verge of losing too.

“It’s the same test as the entire season that players went missing,” Rodgers said. “We’ve had really good results over the course of the season.

” If you shed some light over the season, we’ve missed important players. But we trust the squad. You will miss someone with Jamie’s abilities. He would help any team. I thought Ayo (Ayoze Perez) did very well. “And we also have Kel (Kelechi Iheanacho) there who can come in.

” If you have Jamie Central we can go in, but it’s something where Ayo brings something else.

“We may have to combine the game with an additional pass instead of getting there in one pass. You may need two or three.”

Leicester’s first test without Vardy and Ndidi finds this afternoon against Leeds at King Power Stadium.

Rodgers has been impressed since his promotion to the Premier League from Leeds and praised them before the game.

“They were outstanding,” said Rodgers. “I’m a big admirer of the coach. Marcelo Bielsa’s teams always play an exciting brand of football and that’s a style you don’t normally see in the Premier League.

” I’m a big admirer of Bielsa and his Job. The team played very clearly in every game.

“They want to attack, they play without fear. That brings them some good results and some games that they lost hard.

” But they play up respectful way. You don’t argue with referees so much. You have great integrity in the game. I enjoyed watching them and preparing to play against them. “

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