Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that right-back Ricardo Pereira will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury.
The Portugal international,who has featured in all but one of the Foxes’ 29 Premier League games this season, has suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage and is expected to be sidelined for four to six months.
“He had a challenge and has hurt his ACL. He’s not had an operation. He’s just with the medical team. It’s a blow for us. It’s an opportunity for someone else. It’s a shame.
“You’ve just got to see how the player reacts. You’re looking between four to six months. That will be the time we are expecting.”
Rodgers also reported that England midfielder James Maddison is set to be out “for a few weeks, until after the international break” due to tightness in his calf, adding “it’s not too serious”.
Left-back Ben Chilwell, Maddison’s team-mate for club and country, is available again having returned to training after missing Monday’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa because of a hamstring problem.
Rodgers also said Jamie Vardy “had a slight knock but should be fine”. The striker came off the bench and scored twice against Villa to take his Premier League goals tally to 99.
In other news, Rodgers also revealed that three of his players are being kept away from the rest of the squad after exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus.