Brendan Rodgers confirms James Justin facing lengthy spell on the sidelines with ACL injury in huge blow to defender’s Euro 2020 hopes after starring role for Leicester this season
- Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers revealed James Justin has sustained ACL injury
- The full-back faces long spell out and is expected to have surgery imminently
- The 22-year-old is unlikely to play against this season in huge blow for Leicester
- Rodgers believes Justin’s impressive form could have led to an England call-up
Leicester defender James Justin faces a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury in the club’s FA Cup win over Brighton.
Boss Brendan Rodgers revealed the full-back, who was on the verge of England selection, had damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in the match and is expected to have surgery imminently.
It is a devastating blow for Justin, who will struggle to play again this season and his hopes of breaking into Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020 now look remote.
James Justin is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering an ACL injury in the FA Cup
The 22-year-old has played every minute of Leicester’s Premier League campaign up to now
Rodgers said: ‘He was walking about after the game and we hoped he would be ok but you had to wait to get the scan.
‘He was upset yesterday because he has been so robust for me. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have been too far away from Gareth’s (Southgate) thoughts.
‘He is in London with our doctor and trying to get the expertise and the next step. He is tough mentally and he’ll come back a better player for it.
‘We have had it with Ricardo Pereira recently, he has come back fitter and stronger and getting his game time up. That will be a source of inspiration.’
Brendan Rodgers backed his full-back to come back a better player when he recovers
It is also a huge setback for Leicester as they prepare to face Liverpool on Saturday.
Justin has arguably been their best player this term, playing in both full-back positions and also as part of a back three.
He sustained the injury when falling awkwardly after attempting to control a dropping ball.
Justin will now miss England Under-21s’ Euro 2021 campaign in Hungary and Slovenia with the group phase held next month.