James Justin is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury, says manager Brendan Rodgers, who described the news as a ‘massive blow’ for Leicester City on Friday.
Justin will undergo a surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament to step up his recovery and will work closely with the club’s medical staff.
Justin, who has made 31 appearances in all competitions this term for the Foxes, picked up the injury in Wednesday’s Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.
Throughout the 2020/21 season, the former Luton Town defender has played more games than anybody else in City’s first team squad, earning many plaudits along the way.
Speaking on Friday at LCFC Training Ground, ahead of Leicester’s Premier League encounter with Liverpool at King Power Stadium on Saturday (12:30pm kick-off), Rodgers revealed that the Club’s medical staff will work closely with Justin, 22, concerning his recovery.
“Sadly, for JJ, the scan hasn’t shown up so well, which is a massive blow for us,” Rodgers told the media. “He looks like he’s done his ACL, which is a devastating blow for us because he’s been incredible since he came into the team last year.
He’s played in many positions. Wherever I’ve asked him to play, whatever position, he’s been a minimum eight out of 10 and developing as a top Premier League player.
Ricardo Pereira, meanwhile, has recently recovered from an ACL issue of his own and Rodgers hopes Justin can take heart from the Portugal international’s impressive return to action for the Foxes.