But Leicester’s five-goal top-scorer should be available to face Chelsea as he tries to kick-start his spluttering season.
“I hope Vardy can be fit for this match and can find his qualities,” said Puel, whose mid-table team have gone four games without a win in all competitions.
“With his quality and his aggressiveness, he is a very good player for us. We need Jamie, with his ability, capacity and character, to give his best.
“Of course, it has been difficult for him with injuries and suspensions this season, but he is a valuable player for us and we need Jamie to be at his best for us.”
Ben Chilwell could also start after the England left-back missed Leicester’s last two matches with a knee injury.