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Fofana set for lengthy spell on the sidelines in huge blow for Leicester

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The defender’s injury turns out to be more severe than initially expected, meaning he will miss a big chunk of 2020-21.

Wesley Fofana is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines as he will not play again until next year, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.

Fofana suffered a horrific leg injury in the pre-season friendly with Europa League champions Villarreal at the King Power Stadium in midweek.

As a result, he was forced to sit out the Community Shield clash. However, the Foxes were able to scrape a 1-0 victory over Manchester City and clinch a second trophy in less than three months, having also won the FA Cup.

Nevertheless, a long-term absence of the 20-year-old center-back will likely put a huge dent on Leicester’s plans for the upcoming season, considering he was one of their best performers last time out.

“He will play in 2022 at some time. The ligament damage is quite bad,” Rodgers told BBC Radio Leicester after the decisive match at Wembley on Saturday.

“He is in great spirits, he wants to stay here and be around his team-mates. Sometimes players want to go back to their country, but he is staying here.

“He has an operation Monday and his recovery will start there.”