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EPL: Leicester defeat West Ham to return to winning ways

EPL: Leicester defeat West Ham to return to winning ways

Leicester returned to winning ways against West Ham at King Power Stadium but lost the league's top scorer Jamie Vardy to injury in the first half.

Harvey Barnes scored the opener, poking in from a yard out, before turning provider for Ricardo Pereira on the stroke of half-time.

West Ham captain Mark Noble made it 2-1 from the spot before Leicester's Ayoze Perez did the same.

And Perez drilled in a fourth for Leicester with minutes to go.

There had been a lengthy stoppage time at the end of the first half as Vardy received treatment for what looked like a hamstring injury.

Less than 10 minutes before, Leicester midfielder Nampalys Mendy was substituted for an apparent knee injury and West Ham's Robert Snodgrass came off at half-time after a knock.

Leicester were boosted by the return of key midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who was on the bench just 13 days after having minor knee surgery.

Manager Brendan Rodgers had said before kick-off that Ndidi was "there if we need him".

And in the end, Leicester did need him when Mendy went down with an apparent knee injury after 32 minutes.

Mendy had filled in for Ndidi in the 2-1 defeat by Burnley on Sunday, as well as playing 70 minutes in the same defensive role in December's victory over West Ham.
EPL: Leicester defeat West Ham to return to winning ways
But Leicester's injury concerns got even worse when Premier League top scorer Vardy immediately clutched his hamstring after clearing the ball in his own defensive area.

Silence spread through the King Power as Vardy - who has scored 17 goals and picked up four assists this season - received treatment on the pitch before attempting to run it off.

He lasted barely two minutes when he returned and was eventually substituted for striker Kelechi Iheanacho.

Vardy has contributed to 34% of Leicester's Premier League goals this season so Rodgers will be hoping his recovery is as miraculous as Ndidi's.
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