Leicester defender Ricardo Pereira is out of action for up to six months after undergoing Achilles surgery, Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday.
Portugal right-back Pereira underwent surgery on Thursday after suffering an injury during a friendly win against Sevilla last week.
Rodgers added that Harvey Barnes will miss Sunday’s first Premier League game at home to Brentford.
“It looked very good, but we got injured against Sevilla,” Rodgers said at a press conference on Friday.
“Unfortunately, Ricardo Pereira will miss up to six months with an Achilles fracture. A big part of our game idea was with our cornerbacks and him in particular. He looked so good.”
“This is a big blow for him. He had surgery last night, and now he will recover, become strong again and come back in the best possible way, I’m sure.”
However, it’s another setback since Pereira joined Leicester from Nice in 2018, when the player was sidelined for nine months after suffering a knee ligament injury in March 2020.
Rodgers said winger Barnes could be out for “several weeks” with a knee injury.
“Hopefully he doesn’t get too long and can come back and pick up where he left off,” the manager said.
Leicester are the only Premier League club yet to sign a pre-season contract, and Rodgers, who saw longtime goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel move to Nice, Rodgers doesn’t expect any new arrivals.
“In the current state of things, I don’t think so,” he said.
“I mentioned this before, no one is coming anytime soon. All attention was focused solely on the players who are here. I think that we will succeed.”
The Northern Irishman added: “I felt it was time for us to improve, but I respect the position of the club. The club has been very supportive. This time I need to support them.
“Unfortunately, I don’t have to fight anyone. I would like to improve the line-up and have until the end of August if anything changes.”