Leicester Mercury

City debate whether Soyuncu needs op


BRENDAN Rodgers has revealed his shock over Caglar Soyuncu’s injury, with Leicester City’s medical team and the defender deliberati­ng over how best to approach his recovery, writes Jordan Blackwell.

City boss Rodgers said the Turkish Football Federation told the club Soyuncu would be out for just one week after he sustained an injury while on internatio­nal duty.

However, further scans conducted by City showed an abductor muscle had come off the bone, ruling the centre-back out for up to three months.

Soyuncu has visited a specialist in London, and a decision will be made shortly on whether he requires surgery.

“It was a shock because initially when we got reports back from Turkey, we thought he would be back within a week,” Rodgers said at his press conference yesterday.

“But we’ve had our scans here and it tells a different story.

“He’s gone again to London to look at the extent of it, and it’s a case of a decision between him and ourselves in terms of what’s going to be the best course of action, whether it’s conservati­vely managed or whether he wants to have the operation.

“The medical team are in discussion with the player and are trying to find the best solution, and then we’ll go from there.

“I think for every coach or manager, you want all your players who go away to come back fit and healthy.

“It’s unfortunat­e for Cags. He slipped the day before he was due to play the game.”

For their Europa League opener against Zorya Luhansk tonight, City will also be missing Daniel Amartey, Ricardo Pereira and Wilfred Ndidi, while Jamie Vardy is set to watch from the sidelines again. So the squad will be similar to the one selected for the Aston Villa match on Sunday.

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