Leicester star to have surgery and may miss rest of season

Leicester City's English defender James Justin (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
Leicester City's English defender James Justin (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Leicester City’s English defender James Justin (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images) /

Just as Leicester City star James Maddison is announced among England’s World Cup players by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers simultaneously confirmed that James Justin will have surgery and may miss the rest of the LCFC campaign.

Southgate finally came to his senses and included Maddison in his England setup. And this nod is for the most important squad available: the World Cup squad.

It would have been a travesty, a disgrace, and totally unbelievable if the playmaker was left off the roster for the most distinguished sporting tournament on the planet. Maddison has been incredible for well over a year, with only England captain Harry Kane ahead on the Premier League goal involvement table.

Upon hearing the news, ‘Madders’ was said to be joyous by Leicester head coach Brendan Rodgers. Funnily enough, the attacking midfielder actually missed an initial call concerning the delightful news from the England gaffer himself. However, Rodgers clarified that he allowed the ex-Norwich City footballer to ring Southgate back and miss a bit of training.

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Awful news for Leicester City’s James Justin

Justin’s then fledgling but still exciting and promising career was first derailed in February 2001 when he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage. The former Luton Town man spent months and months on the recovery table after that issue. He’s been back a while for the east Midlanders, but now faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

What is particularly cruel about this latest problem for Justin, is that he flourished in the game he was injured in as well as previously being in his national side’s plans. Versus Football League Two club Newport County, the versatile defender was posted on the right hand side due to Timothy Castagne being rested, and the left-footed Luke Thomas taking up the position on the opposite flank.

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The 24-year-old was flying up the wing without Harvey Barnes’ marauding to worry about. In that capacity, Justin is far more dangerous, as Castagne has also been. Something for Rodgers to think about? Well, no, because the fullback is possibly out for the remainder of the season, sadly, with a ruptured Achilles. Foxes of Leicester obviously extend our best wishes to the convalescing Fox as he prepares for an operation.