Leicester’s injury woes deepen with Caglar Soyuncu to be out for THREE MONTHS as boss Brendan Rodgers confirms Turkish international’s ‘muscle is right off the bone’ following abductor tear
- Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Caglar Soyuncu is to be out for three months
- The Turkish defender saw ‘muscle come off bone’ during international duty
- Leicester have already seen Wilfried Ndidi ruled out for a similar timeframe
Brendan Rodgers was left bemoaning another serious injury as the Leicester boss confirmed first choice centre back Caglar Soyuncu is set for three months on the sidelines.
Soyuncu, 24, played no part in Sunday’s dramatic 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa, where Ross Barkley netted a last-minute winner for Dean Smith’s visitors.
In defeat Rodgers confirmed Soyuncu, who suffered an abductor tear while on international duty with Turkey, has a ‘serious’ problem and is likely to play no part until 2021.
Caglar Soyuncu has suffered an abductor tear and is set to be out for a period of three months
It represents a major ‘shame’ for Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers for the remainder of the year
‘(Caglar) Soyuncu is more serious in terms of the muscle is right off the bone,’ Rodgers said.
‘So he could be out for three months, which is an absolute shame. He did it training with the Turkish national team.
‘He’ll be a big miss and adds to the other boys who are out.’
Soyuncu (left) tore his abductor while on international duty with Turkey and Leicester are already without midfielder Wilfred Ndidi (right), who suffered a similar injury against Burnley
The scan, which confirmed the extent of the injury over the weekend, will rule Soyuncu out of the group stage of Leicester’s Europa League campaign.
They face Zorya Luhansk at the King Power Stadium on October 22 before a trip to Athens to face AEK Athens on October 29.
Leicester had won three of their opening four league games with Soyuncu in the side but will now have to depend on Jonny Evans and £36million summer signing Wesley Fofana.
Rodgers is already without Wilfred Ndidi, who suffered an abductor tear against Burnley, and striker Jamie Vardy remains less than 100 per cent as he missed the defeat to Villa on Sunday.
Rodgers is hopeful Jamie Vardy (middle) will be fit for Leicester’s next Premier League match
‘Jamie will probably miss the European game but be okay for our next league game,’ Rodgers said.
‘It’s just a recurrence of something he’s had over the past few years, even before I came in. He’s had some issues with his calves.
‘This isn’t so serious but playing him would have risked a tear and we can’t really afford to do that.’