Leicester beat West Ham 2-1 on Saturday, and they did it without star players Jamie Vardy and Ricardo Pereira.

The former stayed at home due to his wife giving birth, while the latter missed out due to injury. However, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the pair are in contention to return against Newcastle.

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“He [Pereira] should be fine for Newcastle,” Rodgers told Leicester’s official website. “He just felt it a bit tight, so I didn’t take him to West Ham. I gave him a rest, but he’ll be back in and fine for Wednesday.”

The Foxes boss also stated that Vardy is available again, saying: “He wouldn’t have played on Saturday anyway, he’d have been on the bench, but we let him stay at home to look after his wife and kids and he’ll be back for Newcastle.”

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Leicester have been immense this season, currently second behind Liverpool. They battered us earlier in the campaign, handing Steve Bruce his biggest defeat so far as Toon boss.


It ended 5-0 that day, with Isaac Hayden receiving a straight red card just before half time. It was a real low for Bruce, but his team has responded brilliantly since then.

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Both Vardy and Pereira scored in the 5-0 drubbing, and knowing that they’ll both be fresh when they arrive at St James’ Park is certainly a worry.

After back-to-back defeats against Manchester United and Everton, Newcastle end the festive period with their toughest game. It’s going to take some serious effort (and maybe a bit of luck) to stop the rot when the Foxes come to town.

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