Jamie Vidy was last seen in the first half of the game against Southampton on Sunday but the former Southampton forward has been given another opportunity to impress ahead of Leicester’s clash with West Ham United on Saturday.
It was reported in January that Vidy had returned to training after suffering a back injury that kept him out for six months.
He is now set to return to training with Leicester’s first-team squad on Friday as they look to secure a place in next season’s Premier League.
“Jamie Vidy is a fantastic player and a great professional, I think he’s a top player and we’re looking forward to him being back on the pitch,” manager Claudio Ranieri said on Monday.
“We will see how he responds, but we have a great squad, we have an exciting team, and we know what we have to do.”
“It’s important to see Jamie’s performance in training.
If he’s in the right conditions, he can be one of the best players in the Premier League.”
Vidy, 32, played for Southampton until the end of the 2013-14 season after signing from Leicester in 2009.
He has made only two Premier League appearances since then, the first coming on March 28 when he played a 90th minute cameo for the Merseyside club.
He made his Premier League debut in the 4-0 win over Aston Villa on August 5, 2013 and has scored 13 goals in 104 appearances.
“He has a great game,” Ranieri added.
“He’s a player that can score goals and create chances.
So he’s very important to the whole team. “
We have seen that in training, that he is really good at defending and is good in the air, and he’s also good in possession.”
So he’s very important to the whole team.
“And we’re happy that we have him here.”
Ranieri is hopeful of returning to action on Friday, although he admitted that Vardy’s fitness was a factor in his decision to allow him to return.
“I think he is ready, I don’t think he was ready on Sunday because he’s not fit enough,” he said.
“But I think if he gets fit and he plays, he will be fantastic.”