Jamie Vardy reacts to Arsenal defeat as Leicester City star sends injury message

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has offered his reaction to today’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.

Despite going ahead through Youri Tielemans after six minutes, City could not make their early dominance pay and went into the half-time break behind thanks to goals from David Luiz and Alexandre Lacazette, the latter from the penalty spot.

Nicolas Pepe rounded off the scoring seven minutes into the second half to put Mikl Arteta’s side ahead and ultimately secure the points for the Londoners.

City were left counting the cost of another surprise defeat with the added stress of a fresh injury blow, with Harvey Barnes substituted from the game with a knee problem that will require surgery and rule him out for six weeks.

Vardy took to social media after the game to send a message to City fans, with the England international writing on photo-sharing platform Instagram: “It wasn’t our day today. Time to pick ourselves up and go again on Wednesday.”

Meanwhile James Justin, who suffered a serious knee injury in an FA Cup tie with Brighton and Hove Albion earlier this month, tagged Barnes in a tweet with praying emojis.

After the game, Rodgers explained the seriousness of Barnes’ injury.

“It’s his cartilage and he’s going to have an operation,” Rodgers said.

“It’s a blow because Harvey has been outstanding for us and has developed really well this season. Hopefully he will get back for some period of the season.”

Centre-back Jonny Evans was replaced by Daniel Amartey with 21 minutes left to play and Rodgers confirmed that was because of injury.

“Of course, Jonny has had a calf issue for a period of time. We’re managing that, but he felt it too much today, so we’ll have to wait 24 hours on that I think,” Rodgers said.

City return to action when they play Burnley on Wednesday at 6pm.

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