Rebekah Vardy, pictured left, has sued Coleen Rooney, pictured right, for libel (Image: Getty)

Rebekah Vardy 's libel battle with Coleen Rooney looks likely to be delayed until 2021 to give the pair more time for mediation.

Vardy is suing her fellow WAG for libel over the Wagatha Christie row last year in which Rooney accused Vardy's Instagram account of leaking stories to the paper.

The wrangling kicked off today with a preliminary hearing which wasn't attended by either Rooney or Vardy, who was pictured heading to Dancing On Ice training.

During the hearing, Hugh Tomlinson, QC, for Vardy, asked for a stay until February 8 in a bid to "finally attempt to resolve" the case.

The delay would allow both sides more time for talks to potentially avoid a trial.

If mediation is unsuccessful, a trial would take place at the High Court next summer and go on for around five days.

David Sherborne, for Rooney, added his client had offered on "a number of occasions to mediate this dispute" which she believes should never have come to court.

She felt she had been "drawn into this litigation".

Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah, pictured, has sued Coleen Rooney for libel
(Image: Getty Images)

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Mr. Sherborne added Rooney felt that at a time that is "life-changing" for everyone the money splashed on the legal proceedings could be "better spent".

He added: "Mrs Rooney is defending the words as true. She says that Mrs Vardy was responsible in any event for the leaking of the stories. She will prove the words are true."

The judge Mr Justice Warby has reserved his ruling until 2pm tomorrow and the case has been adjourned.

Coleen Rooney, pictured, has vowed to defend herself against the libel claims
(Image: Getty Images)

Last year, Rooney sensationally accused Vardy's account of being behind stories that were leaked from her private account – earning her the nickname Wagatha Christie for her online sleuthing.

Vardy vehemently denied she was behind the leaks and sued for libel in a bid to clear her name.

Wayne Rooney's wife had set up her own sting operation to catch whoever had been passing on information from her private page to the press.

She posted a series of fake stories, blocked all her followers apart from Vardy's account and then sprung a gotcha post online when the hoax posts made their way into the papers.

Rebekah Vardy, pictured top, and Coleen Rooney, pictured bottom
(Image: PA)

Vardy denied she was behind the leaks, insisting a number of people had access to her Instagram page.

After the post in October 2019, Vardy released a statement to strenuously deny she was behind the leak.

She wrote: "I wish you had called me if you thought this.

"I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me to over the years can vouch for.

"I'm not being funny but I don't need the money, what would I gain from selling stories on you?…

"I liked you a lot Coleen & I'm so upset that you have chosen to do this."