Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Leicester City will be without Jamie Vardy for Saturday lunchtime’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Brentford but he will send a “strong” side to Griffin Park (Brentford 16/5, Leicester 17/20, Draw 11/4 Match Result).
The Foxes boss confirmed that 33-year-old striker, Vardy, suffered a glute injury during the midweek 4-1 win against West Ham and he will not be involved against the Championship promotion hopefuls this weekend.
However, it seems possible that Vardy could feature in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg tie at Aston Villa as the injury is not as serious as was first feared.
Nampalys Mendy is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines because of a knee injury so will definitely miss out against the Bees.
Rodgers is planning to rotate his squad but he recognises that Brentford will pose a real threat so he will not be taking them lightly as he targets a run in the competition (10/1 FA Cup Outright).
“I’ve enjoyed analysing them,” said Rodgers. “They have the courage to play football – a creative brand. Their positional play and movement is very good.
“We have an important game on Tuesday, but on Saturday we’ll have a team that will be strong, energetic and hopefully get us into the next round.”
Brentford, who sit fifth in the Championship and are five points behind Leeds in second spot, will be without winger Said Benrahma, whose father died this week.
Pontus Jansson and Mathias Jensen, who missed last weekend’s draw against Huddersfield because of injuries, are again set to be ruled out.