Brendan Rodgers confIrms Ricardo Pereira to miss six months with ruptured achilles injury
Leicester City have suffered a MAJOR injury ahead of the kick-off of the new season as Ricardo Pereira has been out for SIX MONTHS with a ruptured Achilles tendon… Foxes will also have to be without Harvey Barnes for a ‘few weeks’
- Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira out for six months with a ruptured Achilles tendon
- Brendon Rodgers also confirms Harvey Barnes will miss the start of the season
- Danny Ward is fit to make the roster, but Ryan Bertrand is still a few weeks behind
- The Foxes are the only Premier League club to have made a summer signing
Leicester City have been rocked on the eve of the new Premier League season with the news that Ricardo Pereira will be out for six months with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
The defender was withdrawn from the 1-0 friendly game against Sevilla at King Power Stadium on Sunday and has undergone surgery on his Achilles tendon this week.
During his first Premier League pre-match press conference of the season, Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the Portuguese’s injury and stated what a big miss he will be for the squad.
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that both Ricardo Pereira and Harvey Barnes are injured
Portuguese defender Ricardo Pereira has torn his Achilles tendon and is out for six months
“Unfortunately, Ricardo Pereira will be out for a maximum of six months.” The Leicester boss said.
“He tore his Achilles tendon, which is such a shame because a lot of our game idea over the summer was based on fullbacks and him in particular. He looked so good. It’s a huge blow to him. He had surgery last night and he will now recover, get strong and come back better I’m sure.
“He will be a big miss for us, but we have to persevere.”
It is the second major injury the 28-year-old suffered during his time at Leicester, following an anterior cruciate ligament injury in 2020 that left him out for five months.
It is a major blow to Leicester, who are still the only Premier League club not to have made a transfer in the summer transfer market, but may now be forced to find a replacement for the defender.
Pereira injured his Achilles tendon during Leicester’s friendly 1-0 win over Sevilla on Sunday
There was better news on the injury front on Harvey Barnes. Barnes was also removed from the win over Sevilla, but Rodgers says he expects the England winger to be back in ‘a few weeks’.
‘He came off’ [in the game]. We didn’t mind then, but maybe he’ll be out with his knee for a few more weeks. Other than that, the team is okay. Hopefully it won’t be too long for Harvey.
“He’ll come back and pick up where he left off because he’s had a really good pre-season.”
Harvey Barnes also missing, but expected to be out of action for only ‘few weeks’
Elsewhere, goalkeeper Danny Ward has been training this week to take on the role of the late Kasper Schmeichel, but Ryan Bertrand isn’t ready to join the matchday roster just yet.
‘He didn’t show up at all’ [in pre-season]”Ryan,” said Rodgers. He is still a few weeks away from being fit. He has not been admitted.’
Leicester will kick off their Premier League campaign at home against Brentford on Sunday.