Leicester City have been handed a considerable injury blow ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final meeting against Manchester United, with Ricardo Pereira set to miss out.
Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the news ahead of the match, saying that the Portuguese international had suffered a “slight strain” to his hamstring.
It was originally thought that his problem wasn’t too serious, having only been withdrawn at half-time in Leicester’s 5-0 thumping of Sheffield United in the Premier League as a precaution.
However, it warrants him being restricted to the sidelines this weekend, in what is a big blow to Rodgers and the Foxes’ chances of overcoming the Red Devils.
It is the latest in a handful of problems for Pereira throughout the 2020/21 campaign. Having come into the season ruled out with a cruciate ligament injury, he then suffered another problem upon his return. This has led the defender to miss as many as 25 matches in all competitions so far this season through injury.
This latest setback also exacerbates a problem position for Leicester this season. Fellow full-back James Justin is out with a long-term cruciate injury, whilst Timothy Castagne has also suffered from his own issues this term.
With Pereira in the side, Leicester look far more balanced. Rodgers’ troops have only lost twice in the Premier League in ten matches when Pereira has appeared.
That is just the tip of a very impressive iceberg for Pereira, who was dubbed “outstanding” by his manager after the Portuguese international scooped Leicester’s Player of the Year award for his performances throughout the 2018/19 campaign.
However, Leicester will now have to do without him against Manchester United, making their assignment even trickier.