Rodgers delivers injury update no Leicester fan wants to hear

Date published: Sunday 28th February 2021 3:24 - Steve Pearson


Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers speculated how long Harvey Barnes will be out for after confirming the forward will require surgery to repair a knee injury sustained in their defeat to Arsenal.

Leicester slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Arsenal as their wretched home form continued.

Youri Tielemans handed the hosts an early lead, but that moment would prove to be the outlier in a match Arsenal would go on to dominate.

The occasion was marred further as the Foxes’ injury-hit squad suffered further woe. Jonny Evans was seen hobbling off late on, but the most worrisome moment came when in-form forward Harvey Barnes was stretchered off with his leg in a protective brace.

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Speaking to BBC Sport after the match, Rodgers said initially of the match: “I thought we didn’t play well in the first half. We didn’t have the ball enough. I expected us to pressure them more. We were too static; I thought we looked a little tired to be honest.

“In the second half we showed more spirit but we were unlucky with the third goal. Credit to our players, they kept working and gave everything. We just lost to the better team today.

“Arsenal are able to rotate their squad. We tried to rotate our team on Thursday. It’s not ideal [having matches so close together] but we have to play the games. We just get on with it.”


Rodgers confirms Barnes operation


Regarding the injuries suffered by his players, Rodgers added: “I think Jamie Vardy is okay. He felt his calf go making a pass but it was fine for the rest of the game.

“It looks like Harvey Barnes is going to need an operation on his knee. I just spoke to the doctor; he might be out for six weeks. That’ll be a huge blow for us.

“It’s been unfortunate but it’s the uniqueness of the season. We haven’t cried about it all season, we’re not going to start now.

“We have to find a way with the players that we have. The players have been on a brilliant run over the course of the season. Twelve games to go, those influential players are out. The challenge is to find a way to keep [our form] going.”


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