Leicester: How long James Justin may be sidelined with ACL tear

James Justin of Leicester City (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
James Justin of Leicester City (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) /
Leicester City
James Justin of Leicester City (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) /

Sadly for Leicester City, highly-rated up-and-coming defender James Justin will be unavailable for a prolonged period due to his ACL injury.

What a nightmare for the Foxes: Justin has invariably been one of the best players on the pitch in most of Leicester’s games for the entirety of the 2020/21 campaign. That’s in about three different positions, or even up to five roles, if you include wingback or wide midfield when a three-man centre-back system is used.

In the previously mentioned formation, the 22-year-old can also play right or left-centre-back. Finishing goals as well as facilitating end moves are other eye-catching elements of the defender’s repertoire.

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This deadly and versatile play, added with the former-Luton Town man’s dazzling displays, are what led many people to believe that Justin was destined to be in Gareth Southgate’s thoughts if not actual final squad for England’s participation at the Euros international tournament this summer.

Alas, that maiden senior Three Lions is almost certainly not going to occur this season now, as Justin has torn his anterior cruciate ligament. He will require surgery, according to media reports.

The injury occurred versus Brighton & Hove Albion at King Power Stadium; as the east Midlands side progressed to the competition’s quarter-final stage with a 1-0 win. That was thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s march-winning header. Though Justin’s misfortune has put a dampener on celebrations, for sure.

How long Leicester City could be without James Justin

Obviously I’m a football analyst, not a physiotherapist or doctor, yet we can find information on recovery times for issues such as post-surgery in this instance. Hopefully Justin is not out for this long, but it can be up to a year before having full fitness after an incident such as this one.

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Although, according to the official NHS website, “After 6 months, you may be able to return to playing sport.” Athletes have returned between the two mentioned lengths of times previously.