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Leicester defender Fofana out until 2022 with leg injury

Leicester defender Wesley Fofana will be out until 2022 with a medial ligament injury, says manager Brendan Rodgers.

Fofana was carried off on a stretcher after suffering the injury during Leicester’s pre-season friendly against Villarreal at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday night.

The injury to Fofana’s left leg occurred after a challenge by Villarreal forward Fer Nino during the second half, and the centre-back later revealed on social media that he had suffered a fractured fibula.

Fofana will undergo surgery on Monday before returning to the club’s training facility late next week, but there is no clear timeline about when the defender will be fit once again, with the extent of his injury worse than first feared.

Wesley Fofana receives medical attention on the pitch during the pre-season friendly against Villarreal at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday

Fofana receives medical attention on the pitch during the pre-season friendly against Villarreal

Following Saturday’s Community Shield win over Manchester City, Rodgers said: “Fofana has his operation on Monday and he won’t play until 2022.

“In and around his medial ligament, there was a lot more damage there than we’d hoped. The scan showed up it was quite substantial damage there.

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“He’ll have his operation, and then he’ll be back in the training ground on Thursday, Friday next week and begin his rehab then.

“It’s such a shame for us. An incredible talent. But he’s in really, really good spirits.

“It’s such a shame, for the Premier League not to have a talent like that. Certainly for us it’s a big blow.”

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