Arsenal dealt blow ahead of Leicester clash after Brendan Rodgers’ injury update

Arsenal have been dealt a blow ahead of facing Leicester on Sunday after Brendan Rodgers’ latest injury update.

The Gunners will look to continue their winning momentum from the 2-1 Europa League win over Rapid Vienna.

It will see them host the Foxes, who join them on nine Premier League points but are one place ahead on goal difference.

The 2016 champions have reasons of their own for wanting a win, though, as they look to recover from defeats to West Ham and Aston Villa.

And they are set to welcome back last season’s Golden Boot-winner Jamie Vardy in a blow to Mikel Arteta’s side.

Speaking in the post-match interview, Rodgers said: “We’ll see how he is over the next couple of days and hopefully he can be available for the weekend.

“But we’ll see about that in the next 48 hours.

“It’s important to get all the players back not just Jamie. We’ve got a number of players, very important players, that are out.

“But at the front end of the pitch, of course, he offers a threat with his speed, his movement and how clinical he is.”

Vardy picked up a calf injury against Villa earlier this month, taking the Europa League win over Zorya Luhansk off for recovery.

And he has a great record against the Gunners, scoring 10 goals in 11 league games against the north London side.

But Arteta has a new player to get in the Englishman’s way after Thomas Partey made his first start in the win over Vienna.

And the manager confirmed that the Ghanaian will continue to have a major role in Arsenal’s plans.

He said: “He looked really solid, really comfortable," said the manager in his post-match press conference.

"He held midfield by himself in the second half when we were a little bit more open and starting to take more chances attacking certain places with some players.

"He was fantastic tonight and there's much more to come from him."

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