Leicester City will be without top scorer Jamie Vardy for the FA Cup third-round visit to Tottenham Hotspur on 10 January despite training in the build-up to the fixture – but he will be available for the Premier League clash at White Hart Lane between the two sides four days later. Vardy underwent groin surgery earlier in January and was expected to be out for between 10 days and two weeks.
The England international has resumed light training after going under the knife but will not be risked for the fixture, instead making his return for the top-flight clash against Spurs on 13 January. Vardy has netted 15 goals this season – including 11 on the spin as he broke Ruud van Nistelrooy's record for scoring in consecutive games.
Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri plans to ring the changes for the trip to Tottenham following the club's exploits in the Premier League, which sees them just two points behind leaders Arsenal. The manager plans to showcase Leicester's depth on the trip to north London and mirror the changes he made for the club's Capital One Cup loss at Hull City.
"He's OK," Ranieri said of Vardy, according to the club's official website. "He trained today and he's working with the physio. I think he should be ready for the league match [against Tottenham]. I said to my physio I don't want to lose him for a long time. If he's ready for the second match against Tottenham, OK. If not, Aston Villa."
"[I will select] a blend of players. We will try to do our best. Our mentality doesn't change. We go there to win. If they are better than us, well done to Tottenham. For this reason [resting players] I said I want to build a team. A team is all the group. It's like the League Cup, when we put the other players [in]. We will do the same. I'll put the players in who didn't play so far."