Jamie Vardy has been told he requires surgery on a broken wrist but has decided to hold off until after this summer's European Championships in France.
According to the Daily Mail, Vardy will have to go under the knife on his right wrist. Vardy damaged three bones in the joint against Aston Villa at the very beginning of the campaign and has been sporting a cast ever since.
The bones have failed to fuse properly and will need to be reset by surgeons. However, the 29-year-old is refusing to undergo the procedure until after England's Euro campaign in France.
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Vardy will be one of the first names on Roy Hodgson's squad list after a stellar season for the Foxes. He has bagged 24 goals in the Premier League, only one fewer than his England strike partner Harry Kane.
Undergoing the operation would not necessarily rule him out of the competition but Vardy is unwilling to take any risks between now and the tournament. He would rather play through the pain barrier for the Three Lions.
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Blow for Leicester
While that is great news for England, it could be bad for Leicester. Depending on how far England go in the tournament, Vardy's recovery could extend deep into the Foxes' pre-season preparations, leaving their top scorer short of fitness ahead of the new season.
He is also a major doubt for high-profile friendlies against Paris Saint-Germain (July 30) and Barcelona (August 3) who they will face in the annual International Champions Cup tournament in America.
Claudio Ranieri, however, is confident the former Fleetwood Town striker will be ready for Leicester's title defence regardless.
"I think it's a little operation, then I think he'll be ready," Ranieri said.
"He has been amazing. It tells all the other non-league players, 'hey, come on, this is a good sport, good publicity for everyone. Everyone can make mistakes but if you want to do something you must believe and something can happen.'"
Blue cast of destiny
Vardy's blue cast has become an essential part of his matchday makeup this season and is therefore something of a trademark amongst fans. Indeed, when he started wearing it, he was barely recognised throughout the Premier League, let alone on the international stage.
His reputation has grown exponentially since then to the point that it would be a shame not to see him wear it when England take on the likes of Russia and Wales at a major international tournament.
But be in no doubt that the wrist is causing Vardy plenty of pain.
When asked by photographers to lift the Premier League trophy above his head, he replied: "I can’t. I have got a broken wrist."
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