After the Premier League rejected Leicester City’s claim of wrongful dismissal from the weekend, the defending champions are to be without the services of Jamie Vardy for the remainder of 2016 and the first match of the New Year.
Earning a straight red card for a two-footed challenge in Leicester’s draw with Stoke City at the weekend, Vardy will be unavailable for crucial clashes with Everton, West Ham and Middlesbrough,
Premier League games Jamie Vardy will miss for Leicester:
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Sat just three points above the relegation zone at Christmas, the defending Champions face a major test to save their campaign in the second-half of the season and Leicester will see these three matches as winnable, as they clash with sides around them in the table.
However, without the talents of Jamie Vardy up front, Claudio Ranieri’s side may find things difficult and a continuation of their poor form could follow. It’s been a swift return down to earth for the England international, who not too long ago returned to his best with a hat-trick against Manchester City.