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Leicester's Jamie Vardy BACK in training ahead of Newcastle clash

Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy is stepping up his bid to face Newcastle United – and make Premier League history.

The striker – who missed England's friendlies against Spain and France with a hip injury – has scored in his last nine games for Leicester City.

And he would equal Ruud van Nistelrooy's 12-year-old record if he makes it a perfect 10 against Newcastle at St James's Park on Saturday.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri will make a late decision on Vardy's availability for the match.

Ranieri said: "Today, he trained a little, and tomorrow I hope he can continue to train. Maybe on Saturday morning I'll choose.

"If he is fit, he plays, because every time he wants to play. I hope he is available. I speak with the doctor and the physio. If they tell me he is okay and 100 per cent, he plays.

"If not, I don't want to risk a player – not just Jamie. In all my career, I don't want to risk a player for a match and then lose them for a month."

Vardy has scored in nine consecutive games and is the league's 12-goal top scorer as he closes in on van Nistelrooy's feat and could miss the game and still return the following week to face Manchester United with his streak intact.

The record is for scoring in consecutive Premier League appearances and not for scoring in successive top flight matches played by a player's club.

Ranieri said: "Van Nistelrooy scored in two different seasons, at the end of one and the beginning of another.

"For me it's important he (Vardy) feels good – if he scores or not scores it's not my problem. I'm thinking about other things, I'm thinking about Newcastle, not penalties or records because it will be a tough match.

"Everybody wants to stop Jamie Vardy. It's normal, as he is our goalscorer. We know that – maybe we'll try to pass the ball to other players."

But Ranieri eased any fears Vardy would need an operation to cure the hip problem.

He added: "It's not my decision, it's the doctor's decision, but at the moment Jamie doesn't need this kind of operation.

"I hope he can continue in this way. No pain, no injection so far."

Ranieri is waiting on Wes Morgan to return following international duty with Jamaica but expects to have everyone fit except long-term injury victim Matty James (knee).