Leicester can capture Premier League title without Jamie Vardy, says Danny Simpson
By Michael Kelleher
Last Updated: 27/04/16 11:47am
Danny Simpson is confident Leicester City can overcome the suspension of Jamie Vardy and capture the Premier League title against Manchester United on Sunday.
Foxes striker Vardy missed Sunday's 4-0 home win over Swansea after being sent off the previous weekend against West Ham.
Vardy's furious reaction to referee Jon Moss led to further punishment, with the Football Association hitting the striker with a £10,000 fine and an extra one-match ban for improper conduct.
However, Simpson believes Claudio Ranieri's men will cope without Vardy once more this weekend, when victory over 20-time champions United at Old Trafford would seal the title.
"I think we have just sent a message to everyone who has been a bit negative about us," the defender said of the Swansea win.
"We have players who can come in and do well. Leo (Ulloa) was man of the match and Jeff (Schlupp) has come in and was excellent.
"Demarai Gray came on and what a cameo it was from him and Marc Albrighton as well. It is all about the squad.
"Yeah, we have had a settled team but we have always known the players who are trying to get in the team can do well."
It looks a case of when, rather than if, Leicester win the title following second-placed Tottenham's surprise 1-1 draw at home to West Brom on Monday.
Winning the title this weekend at Old Trafford would be particularly special for Simpson and team-mate Danny Drinkwater, having both come through the United youth system.
"Me and Drinky have spoken about it a little bit and said it is a big game," the full-back said. "Whenever we are going to Old Trafford, for us it is a big game.
"We want to enjoy it and are looking forward to working hard this week and going to Old Trafford to try and perform again and get the three points."