Leicester City coach Claude Puel handed Jamie Vardy boost


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Leicester City coach Claude Puel has confirmed striker Jamie Vardy will be fit enough to take on Chelsea in the Premier League after recovering from a groin injury.

The England international had been hoping to play in the FA Cup last weekend but he was unable to take on former side Fleetwood due to the issue.

Vardy will travel to Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s early kick-off, although Puel may go with other options and use the forward off the bench.

The Frenchman is still without captain Wes Morgan and right-back Danny Simpson as the duo struggle with hamstring issues.

As well as Vardy, Vicente Iborra and Christian Fuchs are available after overcoming fitness woes and Puel admits it is a big boost.

He told reporters: “He will be available for the game, there is no problem with Jamie. He can train well this week.

“I don’t know how long Wes will stay outside the squad but I hope to have some good news and hope I can speak about the end of the injury.

“Simpson can run a little which is good news and we will see when he can come back into the team.”

Puel has also been busy on the transfer front, with the club close to signing Ajaccio star Fousseni Diabate.

Speaking about the deal, Puel added: “He is close to signing and it’s a good opportunity for us.

In the past Leicester haven’t signed bad players from Ligue 2, like [Riyad] Mahrez.

“He’s an interesting player for the future and will be between the Under-23 and Premier League squad – he has quality to play in Premier League. He’s a young player but has all the attributes to become a good player.”

Chelsea are 1.30 to win all three points, with the draw 5.00, while Leicester are priced at 10.00 to claim a shock win at Stamford Bridge.

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