Leicester City’s two late goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison against Burnley helped the Foxes seal their first Premier League win of 2022 at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said having Jamie Vardy back gives his side “a huge boost” after the striker made a goal-scoring return from injury at Burnley to give the Foxes their first league win of 2022.
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. 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.
Rodgers said: “We knew we had James [Maddison] and Jamie’s quality to come on.
“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.”
Recall that 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.
Vardy said: “It has been a long nine weeks resting and then four weeks getting the muscles back up.
“The main thing was to get back on and put a performance in.
“You always want to come on but you always have to listen to the medical team as well and I’ve been back in training just the last four days. Getting 20 minutes is good for myself, there is no more issues.
“I don’t think you can lose that [scoring touch]. It is instinct.”