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Leicester dealt hammer blow ahead of season opener as Ricardo Pereira ruled out long-term

The full-back has picked up another serious injury


Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has, on Friday, unveiled some altogether alarming news on the personnel front.

The member of the Foxes’ ranks in line for an imminent spell on the sidelines? Ricardo Pereira.

Versatile defender Pereira, of course, is not long off a prior long-term stint out of action, owing to a Crucial Ligament rupture early in 2020.

Unfortunately, though, the Portuguese’s long road back to full fitness has now been halted firmly in its tracks.

This comes after Pereira picked up another major fitness problem, on this occasion rupturing his Achilles during Leicester’s pre-season meeting with Sevilla.

“Sadly, Ricardo Pereira will be out up to six months”, Brendan Rodgers confirmed on Friday evening.

“He ruptured his Achilles, which is just such a shame because a lot of our game idea over the summer was based around full-backs and him in particular. He was looking so good. It’s a massive blow to him. He had his operation last night and he’ll recover now, get strong again and come back better I’m sure.

“He was looking so good. It’s a massive blow to him. He had his operation last night and he’ll recover now, get strong again and come back better I’m sure.

“He’ll be a big miss for us but we have to push on.”

The bad news from a Leicester perspective doesn’t end there ahead of the club’s Premier League season opener this weekend, however.

In addition, star winger Harvey Barnes is set for his own stretch on the treatment table, after a knee problem also suffered against Sevilla proved to be more serious than first thought:

“He came off [in the game],” Rodgers began. “We didn’t think it was too bad at the time, but he may be out for a few weeks yet with his knee. Apart from that, the squad is okay. Hopefully Harvey won’t be too long.

“He’ll come back and pick up where he left off because he’s had a really good pre-season.”

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