Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed winger Harvey Barnes needs surgery on a knee injury following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.
The 23-year-old started the contest but left the field on a stretcher with his leg in a brace in the 51st minute.
Barnes will now miss the international break at the end of March, while he faces a race against time to prove he belongs in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s European Championships (England 5/1 Tournament Outright).
Speaking after Sunday’s defeat, Rodgers told BBC Radio Leicester: “I just spoke to the doctor. That’ll be a huge blow for us.
“It’s not good news. He needs an operation. He’ll be out for a minimum of six weeks. Part of the bone in his knee has come off, so he’ll need it repaired.
“He’s had niggles with it. We tried to recover him on Thursday, but it’s a bad one for him.
“It’s been irritable, and today it’s made it worse. The consolation is it’s not as long as it looked like. I’ll know more on Monday.”
Rodgers was already without James Maddison, Dennis Praet, Ayoze Perez, Wesley Fofana, James Justin and Wes Morgan before Sunday’s defeat.
Leicester lost ground on the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United after a lacklustre performance on home soil, just days after Slavia Prague beat them 2-0 to eliminate them from the Europa League.
The Foxes took the lead through Youri Tielemans, but Arsenal levelled when David Luiz headed home a Willian free-kick.
Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe added further goals for Arsenal, who made it back-to-back wins after Thursday’s 3-2 success over Benfica.
Leicester’s defeat means they are now 12 points behind leaders Manchester City and they face a tricky trip to Burnley on Wednesday evening (Match Betting – Burnley 10/3, draw 23/10, Leicester Evens).