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Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana stretchered off in pre-season friendly

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Wesley Fofana of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at The King Power Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Leicester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Tim Keeton - Pool/Getty Images)

Fofana stretchered off

In a massive blow to Leicester City and their season hopes, promising defender Wesley Fofana was stretchered off on the hour mark of their pre-season friendly against Villareal.

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Fofana was on the receiving end of a terrible challenge from a Villareal player, which resulted in play being stopped for several minutes as the young defender received oxygen and was placed on a stretcher.

He was replaced by young prospect Ben Nelson, and is now expected to miss much of the upcoming season, which will represent a huge blow to Brendan Rodgers. Fofana impressed last campaign, making 28 appearances in his debut season, and was reportedly drawing interest from Real Madrid.

Leicester impress in pre-season

In the game itself, which will now seem largely immaterial, the Foxes impressed. Facing the Europa League champions Villareal at the King Power stadium, Brendan Rodgers’ side raced into a two goal lead at half-time, courtesy of goals from Caglar Soyuncu and Harvey Barnes.

Ayoze Perez added a third ahead of Fofana’s injury, which will certainly reinforce Leicester city’s European aspirations.

However, with Fofana now out for a seemingly long stint of the season, another centre-back will certainly be a priority for Brendan Rodgers ahead of the transfer window slamming shut in four weeks. At present, only Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu can be called upon as recognised centre-backs.

With Leicester’s penchant for operating with three centre-backs, another will almost certainly have to come through the door.

Read more:

Manchester United eyeing Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana

Brendan Rodgers explains why Fofana was brought off for Leicester vs West Brom

This article was edited by Tom Canton.

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