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Iceman Vardy hoping to break another record at Old Trafford

Newcastle 0-3 Leicester

Luke Edwards

Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30

File photo dated 31-10-2015 of Leicester City's Jamie Vardy. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 22, 2015. Leicester striker Jamie Vardy equalled a Premier League scoring record with his goal just before half-time against Newcastle at St James' Park on Saturday. See PA story SOCCER Vardy Goals. Photo credit should read Nigel French/PA Wire.
File photo dated 31-10-2015 of Leicester City's Jamie Vardy. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 22, 2015. Leicester striker Jamie Vardy equalled a Premier League scoring record with his goal just before half-time against Newcastle at St James' Park on Saturday. See PA story SOCCER Vardy Goals. Photo credit should read Nigel French/PA Wire.

The really frightening thing for Premier League defenders is that Jamie Vardy is not even fully fit. Patched up and defrosted after a week in a freezing cyro chamber, the Leicester City striker will spend another week on ice ahead of his record-breaking attempt at Manchester United.

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Vardy missed England's friendlies against Spain and France because of the discomfort in his hip, yet his scorching goalscoring sequence continued. Should he score at the King Power Stadium next weekend, Vardy will break Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League record for scoring in consecutive games and will move to within one of the top-flight record of 12, set by Irish legend Jimmy Dunne, for Sheffield United in 1932.

It is a remarkable run, the sort of purple patch few enjoy, made all the more incredible by the fact that his body is protesting, drained by the demands of being the talisman for a Leicester side that moved to the top of the table.

"I couldn't even tell you what the stuff's called to be honest with you," Vardy, 28, said when asked what Leicester's medical staff had done to get him fit enough to play against Newcastle. "They're all physiotherapy terms, which I don't even think one of the brainiest men in the world would understand.

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"They've been constantly working on me and giving me the rest when needed.

"Then there's the cryotherapy chamber, which is absolutely freezing, but it helps you in your recovery, so fair play to the club for getting that in."

Whatever the cost, it is worth it. Newcastle may have disintegrated, but Leicester were superb.

Vardy has an opportunity to break the record only because his team-mates were better than Newcastle in every department. He had three chances in the game, the first saved by Rob Elliot, the second converted with the conviction of a striker who expects, rather than hopes, to score, before crashing another effort against the crossbar.

Trying to score against Manchester United, a side with the best defensive record in the division, will be a far tougher proposition, but Vardy is playing with such poise, such confidence, that it is hard to bet against him. Vardy gave Leicester the lead just before half-time, before Leonardo Ulloa was left unmarked at the far post to head in a second.

The third goal was the final insult for angry home supporters, as the diminutive Shinji Okazaki headed home from close range.

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