The 28-year-old is one goal away from equalling Van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive games, and could write his name in the history books on Saturday at St James’ Park.
Manchester United icon Van Nistelrooy set the record in 2003, but clearly has no gripes about sharing his podium with England international Vardy.
Taking to Instagram, the Dutchman wrote: “Records are there to be broken… Go on @vardy7, all the best and good luck!”
However, whether Vardy even lines up for Claudio Ranieri’s side this weekend remains unclear, with the striker still recovering from a hip injury.
Vardy may be given a pain-killing jab before the game, but his manager insists no risks will be taken.
Claudio Ranieri said in quotes carried by the Guardian: “I hope he is available for us. I speak with the doctor and physio.
“If they tell me he is OK 100 per cent, he plays. If not, I don’t want to risk a player for a match and then lose them for one month.”
Vardy’s stunning form has also seen him linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium, but Ranieri is confident his key striker will not be going anywhere.
The Italian added: “Of course he is intelligent and knows very well that now at Leicester there is a very good group, a positive group who play together.
“It is good for him and the other players to show their quality in this team.
“Maybe next season they may choose the best solution for them, but it is important to see also where at the end of the season where Leicester is.
“We don’t listen to the speculation. Jamie and his agent say he is very happy here. We want to grow up together. I hope we can continue all together.”