Leicester's Jamie Vardy Set For Chelsea Return

21 December 2018, 05:59 | Updated: 21 December 2018, 06:00

Jamie Vardy Leicester shirt

Jamie Vardy is set to return for Leicester at Chelsea on Saturday.

The striker was rested for the Carabao Cup penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday.

He had returned from a groin injury in the weekend's 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace and boss Claude Puel did not want to rush him back to action.

But the former England international and Leicester's five-goal top scorer should be available for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

"I hope (Vardy) can be fit for this match and can find his qualities," Puel told a press conference.

"With his quality and his aggressiveness, he is a very good player for us. We need Jamie - with his ability, capacity and character - to give his best.

"Of course, it has been difficult for him with injuries and suspensions this season, but he is a valuable player for us and we need Jamie to be at his best for us."

Ben Chilwell could also return following his knee injury but Wilfred Ndidi is struggling with his own knee problem.

England left-back Chilwell has missed the last two games while Ndidi suffered the issue in Tuesday's defeat to Manchester City at the King Power Stadium.

"We have a doubt over Wilfred and we will see tomorrow. It is his knee. He received a foul on him and he was able to finish the game but he was in pain afterwards and we will see tomorrow," said Puel.

"We will see Ben tomorrow but I think he can participate. Normally he would be available.

"He came back into training yesterday. He has had a good feeling, no problems and I hope tomorrow he will be fit for the game."

Meanwhile, injured midfielder Daniel Amartey has signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal.

The 23-year-old is currently out after breaking his ankle in October and has made 10 appearances this season.

He joined Leicester from Copenhagen for around £6million in January 2016, playing five times in the second half of the title-winning season.