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Jamie Vardy and the one about the Skittles vodka

The Leicester City striker tells of how the drink prolonged a spell on the sidelines.

Vardy is a big fan of putting sweets in his vodka.
Vardy is a big fan of putting sweets in his vodka.
Image: Press Association

CONSIDERING HIS STORY is the ultimate rags to riches football tale, it comes as little surprise that Jamie Vardy has a new autobiography hitting the shelves.

The former non-league striker, who climbed the divisions to win the Premier League title with unfancied Leicester City while capping off last season with his England debut, is releasing the book next week and an extract has appeared in The Sun.

One eye-catching anecdote recalls the period that he was out injured with a dead leg in 2012.

Oddly, the problem wasn’t clearing up despite the fact that he had been resting up. Vardy had also acquired a taste for vodka and Skittles but didn’t cop that his drinking could be having a negative effect on his recovery.

“I had a three-litre vodka ­bottle at home I would put loads of Skittles sweets in,” he writes. “After that, you can drink the vodka neat and it tastes just like Skittles.

“When I was bored at home in the evening I’d pour myself a glass, sit back and enjoy. The vodka was decent but it wasn’t doing much for my dead leg, which didn’t stop bleeding for ages.

“Dave Rennie, the physio, said he couldn’t believe it wasn’t improving. He’d seen a torn calf muscle heal quicker.

He pulled me aside one day when nobody else was about. ‘What are you doing?’ Dave asked. ‘Nothing I wouldn’t ­normally do,’ I replied.

“When I explained that what I’d normally do was drink Skittles vodka.

“‘Well, that will be why, then,’ Dave said, looking a little shocked, before going on to explain the science behind it and how the alcohol was damaging the healing process.”

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