Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has said Harvey Barnes will be out for at least six weeks and will require surgery for a knee injury.
Barnes was substituted early in the second half of Leicester’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal on Sunday, and the manager confirmed after the game that the England hopeful had injured knee cartilage, a problem he initially had noted in a previous match.
The absence is a blow to Barnes’ chances of making it to Gareth Southgate’s side for Euro 2020, having been the star of Leicester in recent weeks.
“It’s not good news, it looks like he needs to have surgery, so it will be a minimum of six weeks,” Rodgers said.
“I think it’s around his cartilage. He had a shock in his knees a few weeks ago, so it was just irritable. Today he had a challenge right on that, he just got over it. make matters worse.
He’s gonna need this fixed. He had some trouble with that, that’s why we tried to get him back on Thursday, to take some pressure off him, but unfortunately it’s bad for him, and a big blow for us.
“I’ll hear more on Monday, but initially that’s what we think it is.”
Only Crystal Palace (nine) have more current injuries than Rodgers’ side (eight), with James Maddison, James Justin, Wesley Fofana, Ayoze Perez, Dennis Praet and Wes Morgan also currently sidelined.
Rodgers also had an update on center-back Jonny Evans, who came out later in the game with a calf problem.
“He had this dead calf, which he managed to get through, but in some games he did actions that made it worse. He’ll need a scan to see where he’s at.
“We’re kept to the bare minimum, we’ve worn it all season and the players have been great. It’s absolutely fair. My players so far have been brilliant, but we’ve suffered a lot and found a but when you miss the influential players and you can’t change it makes it difficult, we’ll find a way.
“One thing that happens when you’re tired is technique, when the passes get lost. With our team, it’s usually clean and precise with our passes.”
Leicester, the only Premier League side to have been in the top four for the entire season so far, will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last season, which has seen them relinquish Champions League places in recent weeks of the season.
But Rodgers believes his team still have what it takes to make the top four with 12 games to go.
“The only thing I can promise is that we will do our best. I can’t control anything afterwards. You’ve seen the reaction from the players so far, they haven’t been disappointed right off the bat. first game of the season.
“Now we have to dig deep. We can’t control the injuries, but we can control the attitude and the mentality of the team, and for that the players are absolutely brilliant. We will do our best with what is available so far. ‘at the end of the season.
“You can control performance, you cannot control injuries. Our goal is to get back into European football, we are still in a great position to do that. Our loss today will not change that.
“I don’t want to talk too much about it. We can’t really have an impact on the situation. We will continue to fight, continue to work, and we look forward to this challenge and accept it.”
Leicester now travel to Burnley on Wednesday at 6 p.m., live on Sky Sports Premier League, before heading to Brighton on Saturday 6 March at 8 p.m., live on Sky Sports Premier League.
Arsenal now travel to Burnley on Saturday March 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the Premier League, before heading to Olympiakos in the Europa League for the last 16 first legs on Thursday March 11 at 8 p.m.