Leicester are dealt a MAJOR injury blow ahead of the new season as Ricardo Pereira is ruled out for SIX MONTHS with a ruptured Achilles
- Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira will be out for 6 months with a ruptured Achilles
- Brendon Rodgers also confirms Harvey Barnes will miss start of the season
- Danny Ward is fit to make squad but Ryan Bertrand still few weeks behind
- The Foxes are the only Premier League club yet to make a summer signing
The defender was withdrawn from the 1-0 pre-season friendly over Sevilla at the King Power Stadium on Sunday and has undergone an operation on his Achilles this week.
Speaking at his first Premier League pre-match press conference of the season, Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the Portuguese’s’ injury and stated what a big miss he’ll be for the side.
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that both Ricardo Pereira and Harvey Barnes are out injured
Portuguese defender Ricardo Pereira has ruptured his Achilles and will be out for six months
‘Sadly, Ricardo Pereira will be out up to six months.’ The Leicester boss said.
‘He ruptured his Achilles, which is just such a shame because a lot of our game idea over the summer was based around full-backs and him in particular. He was looking so good. It’s a massive blow to him. He had his operation last night and he’ll recover now, get strong again and come back better I’m sure.
‘He’ll be a big miss for us but we have to push on.’
It’s the second major injury the 28-year-old has suffered during his time at Leicester, after an anterior cruciate ligament injury in 2020 that saw him ruled out for five months.
It’s a big blow for Leicester, who remain the only Premier League club to have not made a signing in the summer transfer market, but may now be forced to find a replacement for the defender.
Pereira injured his Achilles during Leicester’s 1-0 friendly win over Seville on Sunday
There was better news on the injury front on Harvey Barnes. Barnes was also removed from the win over Seville, but Rodgers says he expects the England winger to be back in a ‘few weeks’.
‘He came off [in the game]. We didn’t think it was too bad at the time, but he may be out for a few weeks yet with his knee. Apart from that, the squad is okay. Hopefully Harvey won’t be too long.
‘He’ll come back and pick up where he left off because he’s had a really good pre-season.’
Harvey Barnes is also missing but is expected to only be out of action for a ‘few weeks’
Elsewhere goalkeeper Danny Ward has trained this week as he looks to step into the shoes of the departed Kasper Schmeichel, but Ryan Bertrand is still not ready to join the match day squad.
‘He hasn’t featured at all [in pre-season], Ryan,’ said Rodgers. ‘He’s still a number of weeks away from being fit. He hasn’t been included.’
Leicester kick-off their Premier League campaign at home to Brentford on Sunday.