Vardy inspires Leicester to first league win of 2022

Vardy inspires Leicester to first league win of 2022

Leicester City forward, Jamie Vardy has returned from a hamstring injury to give the Foxes their first league win of 2022.

The striker made a goal-scoring return in a 2-0 win over Burnley.

The 35-year-old forward was introduced from the bench for his first appearance of the year and played a huge role in earning his side all three points by setting up James Maddison for the opener before settling the game with a close-range header.

It was his 10th Premier League goal of the season, but his first since late November and gave his boss hope that they can finish the season strongly after a run of five matches without a win in the striker’s absence.

“We knew we had James [Maddison] and Jamie’s quality to come on,” Rodgers told BBC Sport. “James scored a brilliant goal and then you could see the confidence from it. Then Vardy was there and did what Vardy does best.

“He is a real catalyst for the team. You see his energy. He makes runs and presses and is normally in the right areas to score. He is a huge boost for us. To have that quality and mentality back in the team will help us.

“We have to stay focused on the football and not look too far ahead. Stay calm, play our football and keep focused and then we came here and got a result.

“A long way to go in the season. We want to go far as we can in the European competition and see where we are at the end of the season.”

Vardy has been absent with a hamstring injury since the 1-0 win at Liverpool – the last time the Foxes had won before the trip to Turf Moor.