Leicester City have received a crushing injury setback ahead of their pivotal clash with Chelsea in midweek.
Ahead of their Premier League encounter with the Blues this evening, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers delivered a fresh update on the situation surrounding centre-back Jonny Evans.
“He won’t play in the game, he’ll struggle for that,” said Rodgers (via the Leicester Mercury) of Northern Ireland international during his pre-match press conference on Monday.
“So we’ll see what he’s like for next weekend, but he’ll be ruled out for tomorrow.”
The former Manchester United man has been suffering from a heel injury for some time now, and although he started Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over the same opponents, he had to be substituted after just half an hour of action at Wembley Stadium.
It’s a gutting blow for the Foxes, who will be looking to secure their place in next season’s Champions League with all three points at Stamford Bridge.
Rodgers’ men are currently sitting in third place in the top-flight table, two points above fourth-placed Chelsea with just two games of the season remaining, but will have to take on Thomas Tuchel’s men without their first-choice centre-back.
Evans has been one of Leicester’s standout performers since arriving at the Midlands outfit back in 2018, making 111 appearances in all competitions for the 2016 Premier League champions.
Luckily for the Foxes, Rodgers has the likes of Caglar Soyuncu and Wesley Fofana to fall back on in the 33-year-old’s absence, but the former Celtic boss would surely rather have Evans’ experience on the pitch tonight so he’ll be gutted not to have his veteran centre-back available.
Leicester missed out on Champions League qualification by the narrowest of margins last season, losing to the Red Devils on the final day of the campaign to top off an awful run of form.
Their supporters will be hoping that there is no such repeat this time around as Rodgers and co. look to break into the Premier League’s top four and cement their status as one of the countries top teams.