Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers suffered a major injury after midfielder Dennis Praet was ruled out for three months following a hamstring problem in the FA Cup third round victory over Stoke
- Dennis Praet has been ruled out from a hamstring problem for about three months
- The Leicester midfielder retired in the club’s 4-0 FA Cup victory over Stoke City
- Praet could miss about 15 games in three competitions if he’s out through April
- His injury could affect whether Hamza Choudhury can leave the club
- Brendan Rodgers confirmed it was a problem with a hamstring tendon
Leicester has been injured with the news that Dennis Praet will be out for about three months.
The 26-year-old retired from Stoke in the closing minutes of the FA Cup win after stretching to reach a pass from Youri Tielemans.
If Praet is ruled out until mid-April, he could miss a dozen Premier League games, two rounds of the Europa League and the next three rounds of the FA Cup.
Dennis Praet of Leicester has been ruled out with a hamstring problem for about three months
“Dennis will be (out) for up to three months, we think, which is a huge blow to us,” said Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.
‘It was a tough one for him at the time, the ball just came out and he stretched. It wasn’t quite his hamstring but a tendon in the hamstring. Obviously, we need to make sure his recovery is the best it can be.
“He’s going away for a while, which isn’t good for us.”
It remains to be seen whether Praet’s injury will affect Rodgers’ thinking in terms of allowing Hamza Choudhury to leave the club.
The 26-year-old midfielder retired in the final minutes of the FA Cup victory in Stoke
Praet collapses to the ground to be treated in the final moments of the match
Leicester has received offers for Choudhury, with West Brom and Newcastle reportedly linked to a move for the 23-year-old, but Rodgers could now be reluctant to let him leave for fear of further weakening midfield options.
“It’s definitely something we should look at,” said Rodgers. “We are certainly in no rush to bring out Hamza, but we respect that we have some players who are a bit further away from playing and maybe want to get some playing time.
“ I understand that and I want to support and help that, but I also need to take care of the squad and make sure I have the right bodies here to get the job done and finish what a busy second part of the season for will become us.
“There have been inquiries about Hamza, but, as I said, we are not in a great hurry at this point until we see where the squad will be.”
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed it was a problem with a hamstring tendon
Leicester will resume their Premier League campaign against Southampton at King Power Stadium on Saturday night and Rodgers will be boosted by the return of a handful of key players, most notably top scorer Jamie Vardy (hip) and midfielder James Maddison (knee).
“Both players will be available,” said Foxes’ boss. “ It wasn’t so much a hiatus at Stoke, they actually couldn’t play – or if they did, there would be a big risk to them.
They’ve unfortunately had ongoing issues over the season, and that was a match where we saw a window to do some medical work with them, knowing we had other players who could get in a play.
Praet’s injury could affect whether Hamza Choudhury can leave the club this month
“But that worked well for us, as they rejoined the group this week and are available for the weekend.”
Right-back Ricardo Pereira (groin) and winger Cengiz Under (hamstring) have made progress in their recovery, resumed full training and are in contention again, although Rodgers said their winnings would be managed ‘step by step’.
Fellow defender Caglar Soyuncu (groin) is also back in training and nearing a return.