Rodgers claims "ludicrous" Prem schedule will end careers amid Vardy injury

Brendan Rodgers says a player could have his career ended if the “ludicrous” football schedule isn’t looked at.

The Leicester boss has lost star striker Jamie Vardy for up to a month after he played on in the heroic 1-0 victory over Liverpool.

And The Foxes boss says he totally agrees with Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson who has hit out at the increasingly gruelling fixture list set against the backdrop of Covid.

Rodgers said while Boxing Day fixtures were traditional it was the quick follow-up games two and three days later which were a concern.

Rodgers said: "If you end up with an ACL injury or broken leg, because you're making a tired tackle, or some guy tackles you with a clumsy tackle, that's when it's an issue.

“That's the player welfare element and something that can affect the livelihood of a player.

"He may never play again or it might push him back in his career, and fatigue will play a huge part in that."

He added: "It's not that the players cannot play, you've seen the effort and resilience of my players and the spirit, and everything they showed.

"But it's no good to you if you're really fatigued because you've played a couple of days earlier in a huge, really intense game.”

Former England striker Vardy decided to carry on despite struggling with the injury because Leicester had used all their subs.

Rodgers added: "It's a Catch-22 really, because when he was lying down I had it prepared in my mind that he was coming off and we'd have to play that last bit with ten men.

"But the warrior he is and with that spirit he didn't want to come out of the team.

“He was still running and moving, it was a higher strain of hamstring so it allowed him to continue.

"There's no doubt if we could have made another sub, that would have certainly helped protect him for sure."

Rodgers said he would back scrapping the games on December 28 and 29, adding: “Yes, especially if you're in European football.

“It's tough when people say that if you're in European football you'll have the biggest squad because that's not always the case, especially this period when Covid has been the real difficult challenge.

"But I think it's that second game. We won it and it was an incredible victory but it still doesn't make it right.”

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