Leicester defender Wesley Fofana has been ruled out until 2022 after suffering a ligament injury in a preseason friendly. Fofana was carried off on a stretcher against Villareal at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday. The injury occurred after a collision with Fer Nino. He will now undergo surgery before returning to the club’s training facility next week. There is no timeline been set for the defender’s return as the injury is worse than the first feared.

“Fofana has his operation on Monday and he won’t play until 2022.” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said after Wesley Fofana suffered a ligament injury. “At what point that will be, we’ll have to assess that in the next six months or so. In and around his medial ligament, there was a lot more damage there than we’d hoped. The scan showed up it was quite substantial damage there.”

“He’ll have his operation, and then he’ll be back in the training ground on Thursday, Friday next week and begin his rehab then,” he added. “It’s such a shame for us. An incredible talent. But he’s in really, really good spirits. It’s such a shame, for the Premier League not to have a talent like that. Certainly, for us, it’s a big blow.”

With Johnny Evans also a doubt for the Premier League season opener, Brendan Rodgers hinted they might need to dip into the transfer market.

“We are definitely light in the area,” said Rodgers. “Filip Benkovic has done really well over the course of the pre-season, Daniel Amartey can also play there and has done well, but I don’t think there is any doubt we are light, and it is something that we will have to look at.”

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