James Justin injury: Leicester defender set prolonged period on sidelines with ACL damage

Leicester City defender James Justin is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after a scan revealed damage to his anterior cruciate ligament.

Justin had been enjoying an impressive breakout season for the Foxes, cementing his place in the team with consistent performances at full-back and wing-back. He came off during Leicester’s FA Cup fifth-round victory over Brighton after injuring his knee, and Rodgers said the 22-year-old is unlikely to play again this season.

“He’s tough mentally and physically, that’s what makes him the boy he is,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said ahead of their meeting with Liverpool on Saturday. “It will make him stronger. He was upset yesterday because he’s been so robust, he’s played nearly every game.”

The forward Ayoze Perez has recovered from a shin injury, full-back Timothy Castagne is set to return in the next two weeks, while central defender Wesley Fofana is still “a number of weeks” away from playing again.

More to follow…

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