Pochettino: Vardy absence a blow for Foxes

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says league leaders Leicester city are bound to feel the absence of striker Jamie Vardy against Swansea City on Sunday.

Vardy, who is Leicester’s top scorer with 22 goals to his name this season, will miss the Premier League encounter at the King Power Stadium following his sending off against West Ham last weekend.

The Foxes will have to find a way to replace Vardy’s goal-scoring threat, but Pochettino feels they have players that could potentially fill the void in the England interntional’s absence.

“I think that it’s a big impact for Leicester because Vardy is one of the best players in the Premier League,” Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference.

“Sure, it’s a big impact for them. I am sure they will feel that but they have different players that can play the same way.”

Spurs are just five points behind Claudio Ranieri’s side with four games remaining, and Pochettino has urged his players to keep fighting for the title.

“I’m very happy with how we have played in the last four games but we still need to keep working hard and try to win on Monday, that’s the objective, to keep fighting for the title,” he added.

“We are close, but it’s still a large gap.”