Leicester dealt another huge injury blow as Harvey Barnes is ruled out for SIX weeks after going off on a stretcher with a knee problem in defeat by Arsenal… joining James Maddison and Co on the sidelines
- Leicesters’ Harvey Barnes has been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury
- Barnes was taken off on a stretcher after collapsing in the match against Arsenal
- Jonny Evans also went off injured in the game midway through the second half
- Brendan Rodgers is in the midst of an injury crisis at the King Power Stadium
Brendan Rodgers suffered yet another potentially crucial injury blow as winger Harvey Barnes has been ruled out for six weeks with a knee problem after being taken off on a stretcher against Arsenal.
The Leicester manager confirmed the news after the Foxes’ 3-1 home defeat against the Gunners on Sunday.
In what were worrying scenes for Leicester fans, Barnes appeared to over-stretch when playing the ball very early in the second half, and then collapsed in a heap on the floor.
After receiving treatment on the pitch, a stretcher was sent for and the 23-year-old was carried off the field looking in some pain with a knee problem. He was replaced by Cengiz Under.
Harvey Barnes over-stretched in the second half against Arsenal and collapsed in a heap
The Leicester star was taken off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a knee problem
Barnes has been playing the best football of his Foxes career, providing nine goals and four assists in the Premier League this season.
He is thought to be in with a chance of going to Euro 2020 with England, but this injury could now curtail that ambition.
The news is a fresh blow for Rodgers who already has several influential players out injured, including James Maddison, Wesley Fofana, Ayoze Perez and Daniel Praet.
Jamie Vardy has also been off the boil since undergoing groin surgery in January, scoring just once in his last 11 appearances.
Barnes has been in exceptional form and is a prospect for the England squad for Euro 2020
On top of Barnes, defender Jonny Evans also hobbled off against Arsenal mid-way through the second half.
It was a horrid day for Rodgers and his Leicester side as they fell to defeat against Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.
Youri Tielemans gave Leicester the perfect start but Arsenal soon began to dominate soon after and equalised through David Luiz from a smart free-kick routine.
Then just before half-time, Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead from the penalty spot following a handball against Wilfried Ndidi, before Nicolas Pepe sealed the win early on in the second half.
The defeat leaves Leicester third in the Premier League on 49 points but it has given the top four hopefuls, such as Chelsea and Leicester, a chance to close the gap.
Jonny Evans (no 6) also hobbled off injured for Leicester against Arsenal in the second half