Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has revealed that striker Jamie Vardy has not trained for the last month due to a groin injury.
Vardy underwent a minor surgical procedure on the injury earlier this month and subsequently missed Leicester’s FA Cup third-round clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. However, he was back in action when the two teams met again on Wednesday, playing 70 minutes in the Foxes’ 1-0 victory.
The 29-year-old has suffered a number of injuries this season, including a broken wrist and hip problem, but Ranieri has refused to rest the striker, preferring to play him in matches and have him sit out training sessions.
“It difficult to say [when he was last fit], it’s important he continues to play,” he told reporters. “If he doesn’t train very well it’s important he keeps going to play. The match is like a training session for him.”
Ranieri added that Vardy is on the mend and said that he expects the striker to be training regularly in the near future.
“Jamie will start to make training sessions with us, he’s getting better,” he said. “It’s important, it’ll be yes or no as to how I manage him.
“It will depend on the match and if I see he’s a little tired. I prefer to manage him during the training session. The important players must play every time and get some rest during the week.”
Vardy has played an instrumental role in Leicester’s superb season thus, setting a new Premier League record by scoring in 10 successive games, and he currently sits on 15 goals for the season along with five assists.