Leicester’s top scorer set to miss second consecutive game
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been given an additional one-match ban, and will miss the Foxes’ potential title-winning meeting with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The 29-year-old requested a personal hearing, after being charged with improper conduct – being sent off for two yellow cards in Leicester’s 2-2 draw at home to West Ham last weekend.
But the additional game ban will stand, leaving Leonardo Ulloa to continue in the England international’s absence – scoring the penalty in their draw with West Ham, and scoring twice against Swansea on Sunday.
Vardy has netted 22 times for the Foxes this campaign, helping Claudio Ranieri’s side to the top of the table, but England boss Roy Hodgson believes the improper conduct charge was harsh on the former Fleetwood striker, and believes the player’s reaction was human.
Theatre of dreams
That leaves Ulloa with the daunting prospect of having to come up with the goods at England’s most successful league title winning side on Sunday, Manchester United.
Having been fined £10,000 for his actions against West Ham, Vardy will be available for the last two games of the season, at home to Everton and away to current champions Chelsea, on the final day of the season.
Referee Jon Moss was at the centre of several contentious decisions in the tie between the Foxes and the Hammers, while many dispute Moss’ decision to send Vardy off for diving.
But, while Leicester fans were worrying that Vardy’s dismissal could damage their title hopes, Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at home to mid-table West Brom on Monday night means that they need just one win from their final three games to secure their first Premier League title.