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Arsenal handed big boost with Jamie Vardy ruled out with knee injury

Arsenal have been handed a big boost ahead of their Premier League clash against Leicester City on Sunday.

The Gunners have been in good form since the winter break, winning four league games on the bounce.

The victories have seen them propel to the fourth spot in the standings. They are currently one point ahead of Manchester United with three games in hand.

Hence, Champions League destiny is well within in their own hands. Ahead of the Foxes game, there has been a further boost with the injury setback for Vardy.

The former England international has been a tormentor to the Gunners backline over the years. He has amassed a stunning 11 goals from 14 meetings.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers has now confirmed that the 35-year-old could be out for a few weeks with a knee injury. This is definitely positive news for the Gunners.

He told reporters: “Vardy will be out. He got injured in the last game so will be out for the next few weeks. It’s just unfortunate really.”

“We’ll see how he is in the next few weeks. He got a knock to the knee, hopefully (he will be back) in the next three to four weeks.”

The Foxes have a midweek Europa Conference League tie against Rennes. Hence, the Gunners should be well-prepared and afresh for the weekend encounter.

Aside from Vardy, the Midlands outfit are missing key defenders in Jonny Evans and Timothy Castagne due to injuries while Wesley Fofana could be doubtful.

The Frenchman has made his comeback from a broken leg and ankle ligament damage, but has tested positive for coronavirus. He may not feature on Sunday.

The Gunners have the chance to do the league double over the Foxes for the first time since the 2015/16 campaign. They have, however, won the last two meetings.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com

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