Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is in line to return against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday (13 January) after returning to training. Vardy, 29, has missed the club's last four games, including the 2-2 draw with Spurs in their FA Cup third round clash at White Hart Lane.

The Premier League's joint top scorer – with Everton's Romelu Lukaku now level with him on 15 goals – has endured a barrel spell by his standards, having not scored since the 2-1 win over Chelsea on 14 December.

Since then, Claudio Ranieri's side have been dethroned at the top of the Premier League by Arsenal, but their talisman striker should be available for their second game at White Hart Lane in three days.

"He is getting better," Ranieri said at a pre-match press conference. "This morning he joined in the warm-up with the team and then trained differently, so tomorrow I will check. I think he will be okay.

"I don't know exactly what the problem was. I am not a surgeon. It is a little problem he had and the procedure was small. Now he can run normally without any problem.

"Jamie had a problem for a month, more or less, and he continued to play. Now without the problem he is much better. I'll see if he starts from the beginning and if he is ready to come with me on the bench. Every time he wants to play, I know."

Tottenham, meanwhile, have Mousa Dembele available once again. The Belgium international, who has enjoyed a fine season after reclaiming a role in the first team, has featured in 15 league games so far this term, contributing two goals. However missed the draw with Everton on 3 January and the draw with Leicester due to an ankle problem.