Ricardo Pereira has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Leicester City have confirmed.
It comes as a result of Jack Grealish’s challenge in the 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Tuesday.
The right-back did last the full 90 minutes; however, it has now been revealed that he has done his ACL and will now be out for six months. James Justin must be getting his boots ready already.
Pereira’s is not the only blow for Leicester, mind. James Maddison is also out until after the international break with a calf strain, although his injury is not as serious and he should be fine.
Combine this with the fact that three of Leicester’s player have shown symptoms of coronavirus and have been kept away from the squad, and we are looking at one big problem for Brendan Rodgers. Perhaps football.
While injuries can be dealt with and are part and parcel, coronavirus isn’t. Surely, football isn’t bigger than life and death?
Now that COVID-19 has been characterised as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, the Premier League authorities need to take a step and they need to take it now.
They cannot keep waiting for when it spirals out of control and they have no choice left. No football fan in the world wants the season to be affected in such a way, but no fan wants the game to be played at the expense of someone’s life.
The PL needs to follow suit and suspend the league for a while.