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Leicester suffer major injury blow in defeat to Arsenal

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Leicester have been handed a major blow after news that Harvey Barnes could be spending a spell on the sidelines.

Harvey Barnes is facing a spell of at least six weeks on the sidelines after Brendan Rodgers gave a grim assessment of the forward’s latest injury.

The Leicester star was taken off on a stretcher during his side’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

Barnes was chasing to intercept a pass when he overstretched before pulling up sharply after 51 minutes, as Cengiz Under was sent on to replace him.

The in-form winger has been pushing for a call-up to the England side, but now faces a battle to be back in action to help with Leicester’s season run-in.

“It’s not good news. It looks like he needs an operation,” the Foxes’ boss Rodgers said after the match as per talkSPORT.

“We’re probably talking about him being out a minimum six weeks. A bit of the bone in his knee has come off.”

“It’s a bad one for him – it’s a huge blow. He had a clash of knees a few weeks ago so it’s been irritating him. He’s had niggles with it.”

Rodgers added on Barnes: “The only consolation is that he’s not going to be out as long as it looked like. But it’s such a blow because Harvey has been outstanding all season, Hopefully, he can get back for some part of the season.”

It is one of the latest in a spate of injury blows to Rodgers’ squad as the list of casualties at Leicester begins to mount up.