Medical expert: Leicester City's season 'as good as over' after Evans return date revealed
Leicester City may find that their season is “as good as over” by the time Jonny Evans returns from his latest setback in April.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Evans was forced off in the opening throes of the 4-0 win over Newcastle United last month (12 December) and has not featured since.
Per The Athletic last Friday (7 January), Brendan Rodgers revealed Evans has “just had surgery” on his hamstring and is slated to return in “April”.
A Leicester source told this site last Saturday (8 January) site that the news has forced them to scour the market for a new centre-back.
The Foxes currently have an astonishing 11 players unavailable through illness or injury, while four more are at the Africa Cup of Nations.
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The sheer length of their absentee list could “derail” Leicester’s season, predicts Dinnery.
“No injuries are identical and no two players are the same in their response to the healing process,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“But typically we are looking at around 100 to 105 days in terms of return to play. That certainly fits with the timeline Brendan Rodgers has set out.
“In terms of what might influence that, it could come down to how Leicester are doing in the league.
“They are so heavily impacted by Covid, the Africa Cup of Nations and injuries at this time. You could see it derailing their season.
“By the time that some of these players come back, it may be their season’s as good as over. Then you ask if there is any need to bring these players back.
“You can maybe their afford to try different systems, different players, and focus on the next campaign.”
Leicester, who finished 5th in each of the last two seasons, are currently 10th in the league.
Football Insider also revealed yesterday (13 January) that long-term absentee Wesley Fofana has suffered a setback on his road to recovery.