Football: Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is suspended for the champions' next three games

Updated: Dec 25, 2016, 14:07 IST | PA Sport

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has backed the Foxes to cope without the banned Jamie Vardy


London: Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has backed the Foxes to cope without the banned Jamie Vardy. The England striker is suspended for the champions' next three games, starting with Boxing Day's visit of Everton.

Vardy was sent off in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Stoke by referee Craig Pawson, who ruled he had dived in on Mame Biram Diouf. The club failed with their appeal to get the ban overturned with boss Claudio Ranieri saying the whole world could see Vardy's tackle was not a foul.

Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

But Schmeichel believes last season's Premier League winners will handle his absence, with the forward also missing games against West Ham and Middlesbrough.

He said: "Obviously Vardy is a massive influence for us. We always say in the dressing room that he's the one who sets the tempo from the front and the rest of the team follow. He's a miss but you can see that the players who came on against Stoke made a massive difference. So I'm very confident in all the players in there and that whoever the manager chooses will step up and make a difference."

The Foxes are also without defenders Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs, who picked up their fifth bookings of the season at Stoke, with Leonardo Ulloa pushing to replace Vardy after scoring the equaliser at the Britannia Stadium and Luis Hernandez and Ben Chilwell in line to return in defence.

Schmeichel said: "We've got some great quality and obviously each player brings different qualities, but not in a bad way," Schmeichel added.

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