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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.

Brendan Rodgers says he could rest Jamie Vardy for Leicester's clash against Crystal Palace today - amid fears he may lose his star striker for two months if he plays.

Vardy overcame a minor groin problem to face Manchester United in Saturday's 2-2 draw, when he forced Leicester's late equaliser with a shot that deflected in off Axel Tuanzebe. But Rodgers is worried he could risk putting Vardy out of action for a lengthy period if he starts him at Palace just 48 hours after a taxing game.

Asked if he could afford to rest Vardy and key midfielder Youri Tielemans against Palace, the Leicester manager said: "Yes. We'll look at it closer. I don't want to risk injury, 48 hours between the games, especially with the season we've had and everything else.

"I'm not prepared to take a level of risk that means they're going to miss six weeks to two months out with an injury, so we'll look at it and we'll make changes - the numbers we'll have to wait and see. We'll assess the players and see where they're at.

"The players' health is always the most important. I'll always pick a team that I think can get a result and if that means changing players then we will do that."

Rodgers named an unchanged side against United from the team that beat Tottenham 2-0, but there are likely to be a raft of changes for the trip to Selhurst Park.

Centre-half Caglar Soyuncu has recovered from a groin injury but winger Cengiz Under is a doubt with a hamstring problem. The game will also come too soon for right-back Ricardo Pereira, who is out with a groin injury. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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