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Brendan Rodgers sends Jamie Vardy message ahead of Leeds United showdown

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has sent Jamie Vardy a message ahead of the trip to face Leeds United on Sunday (November 7, 2pm kick-off).

Vardy missed from the spot in Europa League’s 1-1 draw against Russian side Spartak Moscow at the King Power Stadium on Thursday.

The striker took aim from 12 yards five minutes after coming on but his effort was denied by goalkeeper Aleksandr Selikhov.

The Foxes boss has however, backed the 34-year-old to hit back on Sunday, having scored seven goals in 14 games so far.

“That will be the message, he has saved this club so many times and we bring him into the game because he is a fantastic goalscorer,” Rodgers said “It was unfortunate, he was maybe a little bit cold in the game. It wasn’t to be.

“It would have been easy for him to give the penalty to Youri (Tielemans) because he’s not quite warmed up but he backs himself in the games. He is a brilliant goalscorer and if Jamie Vardy is on the pitch and there’s a penalty you wouldn’t want anyone else to take it.

“It’s one of those things, the keeper has gone the right way and makes the save but we had other opportunities in the game. We can’t just rely on that. We can do better and that’s something we can analyse and take it into the next game.”

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