Wesley Fofana Out till 2022
Wesley Fofana Out till 2022. Wesley Fofana will not play again until 2022, according to Brendan Rodgers, after sustaining a medial ligament injury in a pre-season friendly versus Villarreal.
After a tackle from Fer Nino hurt Fofana’s left leg on Wednesday, the center-back was carried off on a stretcher, with the center-back subsequently disclosing on Instagram that he had fractured his fibula.
The surgery for the France Under-21 international is set to take place on Monday, though the amount of the injury is greater than first thought.
Rodgers delivered an update on Fofana following Leicester City’s 1-0 Community Shield victory over Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.
“He has his operation on Monday and he won’t play until 2022,” the Leicester boss said in his post-match news conference. “At what point that will be we’ll have to assess over the next six months or so.
“He’s an incredible talent. He’s in really good spirits. He’ll be back in the training ground on Thursday or Friday next week and will begin his rehab then.”
Following his arrival from Saint-Etienne, Fofana quickly established himself as an important member of Rodgers’ club.
Fofana was one of only two Premier League defenders to attempt at least 50 tackles, complete 50 interceptions, and deliver 50 headed clearances — the other being Aston Villa’s Matt Targett.
“It’s such a shame for the Premier League not to have a talent like that and certainly for us as well,” Rodgers continued after Kelechi Iheanacho’s late penalty had defeated the reigning Premier League champions.
Asked for clarification as to whether the defender had broken his leg, Rodgers responded: “In and around his medial ligament there was a lot more damage than we had hoped, quite substantial damage, unfortunately.”