Leicester striker Jamie Vardy missed his side’s shock Premier League defeat at Norwich on Friday with a calf injury. The Foxes have just one win from seven in the league as they turn their attention to Birmingham in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
And Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has been working to build up his side’s confidence amid their slump in form.
“You’ve got to stay calm with it but at times you have to be harsh to be clear – this is elite sport,” Rodgers said.
“You can’t dance around the truth. The game’s about confidence and when you lose some games, the confidence can be dented.
“That’s the management of it. We have to pick players up whose confidence may have dropped.
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“In football you are never going to have it all your own way.”
Will Jamie Vardy play against Birmingham?
Unfortunately for Leicester fans, Vardy has been ruled out of the FA Cup clash, Rodgers has confirmed.
He said: “No, [Vardy] won’t be available for Wednesday.”
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But Rodgers is confident the Leicester striker will be back for the Premier League visit of Aston Villa on Monday.
The Northern Irishman added: “He’s making good progress, but our target is Aston Villa. He should be fine for that.”
Vardy’s calf problem is his third muscular injury since the start of the year, which Rodgers previously described as a “concern”.
He said: “It is a concern, we’ve spoken around that with him and the medical team.”
“He’s not out for long, it’s a low-grade strain on the same calf.
“But it’s something that we hope will clear up soon.”
Vardy is the Premier League’s joint-top scorer with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 17 goals.
However, the former England international hasn’t found the net since the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on December 21.
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How to watch Leicester vs Birmingham
The FA Cup fifth-round clash kicks off at 7.45pm GMT.
There is no live television of the match but fans will be able to stream the action online.
You can stream the game live via Facebook Watch across a variety of devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops.
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