Jamie Vardy’s much-hyped Fleetwood go back is also scuppered via a groin damage however there aren’t any doubts who would be the first identify on everyone’s lips when Leicester seek advice from Highbury Stadium on Saturday.
Vardy spent 9 months with the then non-league outfit from August 2011, scoring 34 targets in 42 video games to assist them clinch promotion to the Football League ahead of attracting the eye of the Foxes.
With a Premier League identify and 19 England caps within the bag it isn’t surprising that Vardy continues to be hailed as a stellar instance of what’s conceivable at a membership whose personal trajectory is nearly as miraculous as that of Vardy himself.
Fleetwood’s upward push is encapsulated via the occupation of captain Nathan Pond, whose identify is within the Guinness Book of Records after experiencing six promotions since becoming a member of them as a 17-year-old midfielder in 2002.
Pond informed Press Association Sport: “I may not lie and declare I at all times knew Jamie would move directly to win the Premier League and play for England, however it used to be at all times lovely evident he used to be in a position to taking part in at a far upper stage.
“He used to be a perfect personality within the dressing room and he would run via a brick wall for you at the pitch. What you notice him doing within the Premier League now’s precisely the type of dedication he confirmed for us.
“His story will help attract young players to the club. You can show them Jamie Vardy as proof that you don’t need to start at a Premier League club if you want to make it big.”
While Vardy is not likely to be are compatible to play at his former membership on Saturday, he’s anticipated to be provide for the FA Cup third-round conflict and his spouse Rebekah, who featured in closing 12 months’s ‘I am A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ programme, has booked one of the crucial membership’s government containers for the instance.
Local companies also are taking advantage of the instance with the Strawberry Gardens pub launching a restricted version ‘Vardy’s Return’ ale in his honour.
It is all a a ways cry from the pre-Vardy days within the North-West Counties League, the place Pond made his debut as he juggled his part-time taking part in commitments with a role as a supply van driving force.
Pond added: “We were given to the primary around two times in our non-league days however we did not have the most efficient of success – we misplaced Three-Zero at Salisbury on one instance, and on some other I discovered myself getting despatched off.
“But this membership has been nice for me – I do not care a lot about having my identify within the Guinness Book of Records, however it has simply been nice to be a part of the adventure and expectantly we will stay going even additional.
“We’ve all got a dream and we’ve got the chairman’s money and ambition to go with it. The odds are stacked against us on Saturday but it is a special occasion and we have shown that anything is possible.”