PSV v Leicester: Rodgers on Vardy injury, QF, UECL opponents

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Jamie Vardy of Leicester City (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

PSV Eindhoven meet Leicester City in a Europa Conference League quarterfinal second leg this Thursday. Prior to the fixture, Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken on Jamie Vardy’s injury, what is next for the striker, the UECL opponents and his squad generally.

After Chelsea’s unrewarded heroics in the Champions League yesterday evening, Leicester, as another English club competing in European competition, can be inspired to take victory. Obviously there is a slight difference between the calibre of the Dutch in comparison with Real Madrid. Although the PSV fan base is mightily raucous in backing as well as pushing their team to victory.

The initial meeting between the two ended 0-0 at King Power Stadium almost one week ago. A stalemate that was not too pleasant to watch; as of course we know the first of a couple of ties can be drab. Rodgers’ men are certainly competent, skilled and organised enough, presently, to attain progression to the semifinals. Of course, qualification for the next round of the UECL will be the first time Leicester have gone that far in a foreign championship.

Prior to the trip to the Netherlands, Rodgers talked about topical issues at his pre-match press conference, which you can access via the tweet below. Vardy’s fitness was one of the topics raised and answered. While the boss also discussed the upcoming opponents and the importance of the occasion.

Subsequent to Leicester City’s Europa Conference League clash

Foxes of Leicester will now look ahead to the next Premier League contest. Some supporters, along with the Northern Irish gaffer, believe the English top-flight is second to the UECL now. And FoL would have to agree: the only route to Europe next season is now via this tournament opportunity. Not to mention that the East Midlands side’s EPL status is now safe.

Newcastle United away is obviously a much different and more difficult proposition these days. Eddie Howe has done a superb job and should be congratulated, irrespective of funding. I forsee a score draw on the horizon.