Ranieri: I have 24 Caesars

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri admits his team will have to adapt in the absence of top scorer Jamie Vardy, but is confident they can cope in his absence.

The England international serves a one-match ban following his sending off in the 2-2 draw with West Ham last Sunday, meaning he will have to watch from the sidelines when the Foxes continue their title push at home to Swansea.

And the 29-year-old could see his suspension extended by a further game if his personal hearing with the Football Association is unsuccessful.

“Without our goalscorer, it is not easy to play,” Ranieri told reporters. “We give, every time, the maximum but I am sure we will give a little more to win the match.

“I think I have 24 stars. I have 24 Caesars – that is our strength. There isn’t one Caesar but there are the other 23.”

With Vardy not in the mix, Ranieri will have to make some changes. However, the Italian tactician refused to reveal his plans for the clash with the Swans.

He added: “Without Vardy we have to make some other strategy. Leo [Ulloa] deserves to play but before Leo there is the team and I think about what is the best for the team.

“You’ll see on Sunday. We have to change something. With Jamie, everyone knows his movement. It could be a change of formation or players. I won’t tell you.”

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