Shakespeare cautious with Vardy

18 September 2017 11:16:54 EST

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare says he will not risk striker Jamie Vardy for the EFL Cup third round clash with Liverpool on Tuesday evening.

England international Vardy had to be replaced late on in the 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, having reported a tight groin after scoring the equaliser against the Terriers earlier on in the game.

He won't be one to risk.

Craig Shakespeare

And Shakespeare insists he will not take any chances for the cup game at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening, with the Foxes and the Reds meeting again in Leicester in the Premier League next weekend.

He told reporters: "Jamie hasn't trained. I will give him every opportunity. He has a tight groin and that is why he came off at Huddersfield.

"He has had continuous treatment and we will give him every opportunity to be fit, but he won't be one to risk.

"We will assess him on Tuesday morning, but I am very confident he will be fit for Saturday."

Midfielder Matty James (Achilles) and defender Christian Fuchs (eye) are also absent for the action on Tuesday, but Shakespeare is hopeful that both will be back in contention by next weekend.

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he will also make changes to his side for the game on Tuesday evening, with Danny Ward set to start in goal.

Dejan Lovren may return after a back problem kept him out of the 1-1 draw with Burnley at Anfield, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is poised to make his first start since his £35million move from Arsenal.

The Reds are 10/11 to win in normal time on Tuesday evening, with the Foxes priced at 3/1 and 12/1 to claim a 2-1 victory in 90 minutes.

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