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Jamie Vardy is set for another layoff with a knee injury after Brendan Rodgers confirmed the Leicester City striker will be out for “a few weeks”, while Wesley Fofana’s return from a long-term absence has been delayed.

Vardy, 35, has already spent a lot of time on the sidelines in 2022, with his substitute appearance in the 2-0 win at Burnley on March 1 being his first outing of the year following a two-month spell out with a hamstring injury.

He subsequently started Leicester’s 1-0 defeat of Leeds United four days later, but during that match he sustained damage to his knee.

Rodgers was somewhat vague when outlining how long he expects Vardy to be out, but it would seem Leicester will be without their top scorer for potentially up to a month.

“He got a knock to his knee, but hopefully in the next three to four weeks it responds okay,” Rodgers said ahead of Thursday’s Europa Conference League last-16 clash with Rennes.

“He’s going to be out for a few weeks, which is a shame.”

Rodgers had been hoping to give centre-back Fofana his first competitive minutes of the season during the visit of Rennes.

The young Frenchman returned to training in February after breaking his leg in a pre-season clash with Villarreal last August.

But he will have to wait a little longer for his long-awaited return after a bout of COVID-19.

“[Fofana] has picked up COVID, which has been our season right the way through with injuries and unfortunate circumstances,” Rodgers said.

“He is not going to be able to feature [Thursday] but we are hoping for the weekend now.

“It is really unfortunate for the two guys, and in particular Wesley, who has been building up to this moment. We just have to cope with the set-backs that come along.”

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