Harvey Barnes looks to return from knee injury by early May as he looks to help Leicester secure a Champions League place … and possibly win the FA Cup for the first time in their history
- Harvey Barnes is aiming to return to action for the Leicester City season finale
- The winger sustained a knee injury in the 3-1 home defeat to Arsenal in February
- The damage to his patellar tendon forced Barnes to undergo surgery to recover
- The Foxes hope he’ll get back into action in late April or early May
Harvey Barnes is aiming for a return to action for the Leicester season finale, even as he faces a race against time to make it to the FA Cup semi-final against Southampton.
The winger, one of the Premier League’s most impressive players this season, sustained a knee injury in the 3-1 home defeat to Arsenal on February 28 that required surgery after damage to the patellar tendon.
Brendan Rodgers confirmed after that match that Barnes was expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks and it is believed that the 23-year-old has not yet resumed outdoor training and is still building his strength with pool and gym drills.
Harvey Barnes (above) is aiming for a return to the action for the Leicester City season finale
The winger sustained a knee injury in the 3-1 home defeat to Arsenal in February
Leicester meets Saints at Wembley on April 17 or 18, which may come too soon for Barnes.
The Foxes, however, are hopeful that he will be available again in late April or early May, which would give Barnes the chance to help his side aim for a top-four finish – and possibly lift the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
He remains on England boss Gareth Southgate’s radar and would likely have been selected for their first World Cup qualifiers – Thursday against San Marino, Sunday against Albania and Wednesday against Poland.
Barnes had scored 13 goals and registered four assists from wide attacking roles and proved himself to be one of the most efficient English wingers before his injury. He won his first England cap as a substitute in the friendly victory over Wales last October.
Brendan Rodgers hopes he will be back in action in late April or early May