REBEKAH Vardy and Coleen Rooney will finally get their first High Court face-off next week after more than a year of legal wrangling.
A judge is expected to make the crucial ruling on whether Coleen can easily defend the claims against her.
Rebekah, 38, has brought libel proceedings against England legend Wayne’s missus, who claimed her former friend leaked stories planted on her Instagram account to the Press.
Coleen, 34, was dubbed “Wagatha Christie” after her bombshell accusation went viral last year.
Rebekah, who was heavily pregnant at the time, furiously denied the accusation and said a number of people had access to her account.
Several attempts to settle the case out of court have since failed.
Both are expected to be in London for their first High Court hearing next Thursday.
It will allow a judge to decide whether Coleen’s claims should be interpreted for legal reasons as meaning Becky herself was to blame or someone else who had access to her account.
The verdict could be crucial in determining the outcome of their long-standing battle.
The women were once pals and often pictured together supporting their husbands at England matches.
But mum-of-four Coleen blew their friendship apart in an incendiary post last October.
She said she suspected someone close to her had been leaking stories, so decided to post a string of false ones to flush them out.
All were subsequently printed in The Sun after being put to Coleen’s reps for comment.
Coleen claimed they had only been viewed by one person, ending her post dramatically: “It’s . . Rebekah Vardy’s account.”
Mum-of-five Rebekah, married to Leicester City’s Jamie, said she later received death threats as an anti-Vardy backlash grew.
A source said of the pair: “It’s too far gone between them now. A judge will have to decide.”
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