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Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes will miss the rest of the season after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.
The 23-year-old underwent surgery in early March after he was stretchered off during a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal, with manager Brendan Rodgers explaining at the time that part of a bone in his knee had “come off”.
Foxes had initially hoped he would return to training in April so that he could then feature in the final few games of the season in May. However, he has now had to have a second operation on his knee, which rules him out of the end of the campaign.
“He’s had a slight setback,” said Brendan Rodgers at his press conference ahead of this Friday’s clash with Southampton.
“He’s just gone in to have a second minor operation to clear up some of the damage in his knee. That will probably rule him out for the rest of the season.
“The plan is to get him through this second operation and then be back for pre-season and then be fit and ready for next season.
“We had hoped he would be able to play some part. It’s not to be. The most important thing is to get his knee right and get him ready for next season.
“He’s disappointed, but he understood it was always going to be difficult for him. I said it could be six week or up to 12 weeks, so he was aware. He’s in his seventh week. It’s a minor issue around that. It was a case of dealing with it now or letting it settle.
“Doing something about it will put him out for the next number of weeks, but should hopefully ensure he is back fit with everyone else for pre-season.
“He was keen to go down that route. It’s just unfortunate. But he’s positive in getting back for the new season.”