By Ben Dinnery

26th Nov, 2021 | 7:00am

Injury expert outlines Ricardo 'ACL' fears after 'concerning' Leicester update

Ricardo Pereira’s persistent muscle injuries are blocking his return to full fitness following his ACL injury at Leicester City last year.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Ricardo missed close to a year of football after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in March 2020.

His fitness has been patchy since then and a hamstring injury ruled him out of the Europa League clash with Legia Warsaw on 25 November.

Speaking to Leicester’s media team on 24 November, Brendan Rodgers revealed Ricardo’s injury is “lingering” and he will be “out for a few weeks”.

Dinnery claims that the 28-year-old right-back’s niggling muscle setbacks have been a barrier to a full recovery from last year’s ACL.

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“It was a year to the day the other day that he returned from his ACL,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Everyone was anticipating that return because he was fantastic pre-injury.

“Since then, we have seen a number of setbacks that have disrupted his involvement with the team.

“Not being able to have that consistent run of performances to get that fitness levels up has impacted his progression.

“There’s nothing wrong with that. The data indicate that it can be well beyond that 12-month period before they get back to where they were.

“These muscle injuries aren’t huge but they disrupt the cycle and that has a concerning knock-on effect.”

Ricardo signed a five-year contract when he joined the Foxes in May 2018.

His last match, the 1-1 draw with Leeds United on 7 November, was his hundredth for the club in all competitions.

In other news, Dinnery expert names Wesley Fofana’s exact comeback date after spotting “great sign” at Leicester City.