Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans is ruled out for up to six weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage against Arsenal... as Brendan Rodgers admits it 'will feel like six months when you lose a player of that quality'
- Tielemans suffered ankle injury after coming on as a substitute against Arsenal
- Leicester only three points above relegation zone and injury comes at a key time
- Rodgers rued the loss of Tielemans, admitting it will feel more like six months
Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans will be sidelined for as long as six weeks, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Tuesday.
The Belgium international suffered an ankle injury after coming on as a substitute in the weekend defeat by Arsenal and missed Tuesday's FA Cup loss to Blackburn Rovers.
'Youri will be out for six weeks. Six weeks will feel like six months when you lose a player of that quality,' Rodgers said on a bad night for the Midlands club.
'Sadly he's done the ligaments in his ankle. He won't be back before the international break.'
Leicester are only three points above the Premier League relegation zone and the loss of Tielemans comes at a crucial stage of the season for Rodgers.
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Youri Tielemans will be out for up to six weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage
'We've got a really important number of games now and the sole focus is now getting the best team we possibly can out every time we play and look to get the results,' he said.
'If we can have that determination and fight to match some of the quality we have, we will win the games we need to. But it's going to be a fight for sure.'
Leicester will be hoping to recover from their 2-1 defeat to Blackburn at the King Power when they travel to bottom of the league Southampton on Saturday.
The Foxes then host Graham Potter's struggling Chelsea before a trip to Brentford ahead of the international break.
Tielemans will miss out on all of these key fixtures and will likely return sometime in the middle of April, when Leicester come up against champions Man City and Midlands rivals Wolves.
The injury comes at a crucial point in Leicester's season and Rodgers admitted his spell on the sidelines will feel 'more like six months'
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