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Brendan Rodgers provides Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy injury update after Leicester’s defeat to Arsenal


Leicester star Harvey Barnes had to be helped off the field on a stretcher (Picture: Getty)

Brendan Rodgers allayed fears over Jamie Vardy’s fitness following Leicester’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal but confirmed Harvey Barnes is likely to require surgery on his knee injury and could be out for six weeks.

The Foxes took the lead early on at the King Power Stadium as Youri Tielemans beat Bernd Leno with a clinical finish after some poor defending from Arsenal.

But David Luiz’s 39th-minute header and Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty right on half-time gave the visitors the advantage before Nicolas Pepe found the net from close range to put the game out of sight.

Arsenal came from behind to beat the Foxes (Picture: Getty)

Leicester’s injury problems have been stacking up over the last few months and Barnes joined the club’s ever-growing list of crocked players after being helped off the field on a stretcher in the 51st minute.

There was also some concern for Vardy, who appeared to be struggling with a calf issue, but the striker played through to the final whistle and looks likely to be available when Rodgers’ men travel to Burnley on Wednesday.

‘I think Jamie Vardy is okay. He felt his calf go making a pass but it was fine for the rest of the game,’ Rodgers told reporters shortly after Leicester’s loss.

‘It looks like Harvey Barnes is going to need an operation on his knee. I just spoke to the doctor and he might be out for six weeks. That will be a huge blow for us.’

On Leicester’s performance, Rodgers added: ‘I credit the players. We’ve got a number of injuries, we’ve had injuries in the game.

‘But the spirit and the mentality… they keep going, they keep fighting and that’s what we’ll do right until the very end of the season.

Rodgers’ side have had a tough time with injuries (Picture: Getty)

Asked what he would have changed about the game, Rodgers replied: ‘The score!

‘Probably the score and having our injured players back but you can’t do that so we will fight on.

‘Like I said, it’s a tough time for us with injuries and it ends a run in the Premier League which has been really good.

‘But will get back in tomorrow. We have the perfect opportunity on Wednesday to respond and that’s what we’ll look to do.’

Ayoze Perez (knee), Dennis Praet (thigh), Wesley Fofana (thigh), James Justin (knee), James Maddison (groin), Jonny Evans (muscle) and Wes Morgan (back) are also currently unavailable for Leicester.

The Foxes’ loss meant they missed out on the chance to leapfrog Manchester United into second. Fourth-placed West Ham trail them by four points in the Premier League table.

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