Sunday 23 October 2016

Jamie Vardy reveals Skittles vodka used to hamper his injury recovery

Callum Davis

Published 27/09/2016 | 15:01

Jamie Vardy has revealed he had a very strange tipple CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
Jamie Vardy has revealed he had a very strange tipple CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Jamie Vardy has admitted his taste for Skittles mixed with vodka used to have a negative impact on his recovery from injury.

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The Leicester City striker's autobiography is out later this month and extracts have already revealed a number of interesting insights on the England international's rise to the top of English football.

In an extract published by the Sun Vardy recounts how one of his favourite drinks was Skittles mixed with a bottle of vodka.

Vardy's penchant for the strange drink came before the striker had reached the Premier League with Leicester City.

The former non-league footballer wrote how he was struggling to recuperate from a dead leg that had kept him out of action for over two weeks.

"I had a three-litre vodka ­bottle at home I would put loads of Skittles sweets in," says Vardy.

Vardy says he used to put at least '20 batches' of Skittles into the vodka bottle, allowing them to dissolve before topping up the concoction with fresh packets.

"After that, you can drink the vodka neat and it tastes just like Skittles. When I was bored at home in the evening I'd pour myself a glass, sit back and enjoy. The vodka was decent but it wasn't doing much for my dead leg, which didn't stop bleeding for ages."

Vardy did not think anything of drinking the alcoholic mix until he spoke to Foxes physio, David Rennie.

Rennie, who has been part of Leicester City's medical team since 1999, confronted the forward as his injury continued to show no signs of healing.

When Vardy admitted he enjoyed relaxing with the drink, Rennie quickly pointed out the negative side effects of consuming alcohol whilst injured.

"Well, that will be why, then",' Dave said, looking a little shocked, before going on to explain the science behind it and how the alcohol was damaging the healing process," Vardy writes.

Jamie Vardy was hauled off at half-time on Saturday during Leicester City's 4-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Vardy scored 24 league goals last season making him the joint-second highest goalscorer in the Premier League behind Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero.

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