Leicester winger Harvey Barnes out for the rest of the season after setback in his recovery from a knee injury as hopes of a late push for Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020 are ended
- Harvey Barnes ruled out of the remainder of the season and also Euro 2020
- Leicester winger required a second ‘minor operation’ on his injured knee
- Barnes was initially looking at six weeks out and hoping to make the FA Cup final
- But Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed he won’t be back this season
- It ends any chance Barnes had of winning a place in the England squad
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Harvey Barnes will miss the rest of the season after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.
Winger Barnes has required a second ‘minor operation’ after initially damaging his knee in Leicester’s defeat against Arsenal in February.
He was facing at least six weeks out and hoping to be fit in time for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 15, Leicester’s penultimate game of the season.
Leicester winger Harvey Barnes will miss the remainder of the season with his knee injury
Barnes was carried from the field on a stretcher during Leicester’s loss to Arsenal in February
But Rodgers revealed: ‘He has just gone in to have a second, only a minor operation just to clear up some of the damage in his knee so it will probably rule him out for the rest of the season but the plan is really to get him through this second little operation and be back for pre-season and fit and ready for next season.’
Barnes had been in brilliant form this season, scoring 13 times in 36 games, and was being touted for an England call up ahead of this summer’s Euros.
Any hopes of making a late push for Gareth Southgate’s squad are cruelly now over for Barnes though.
Rodgers said: ‘Yes, yes I would think so. It’s a shame because he has been absolutely outstanding this season for us and we hoped he could be back to play some part but it’s not to be. The most important thing is to get his knee right and get him ready for next season.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Barnes needed a second operation
Barnes had enjoyed an excellent season and was being tipped by some for the England squad
‘He’s disappointed but clearly understood it was always going to be difficult for him [to get back for the final].
‘He and we were fully aware, I mentioned at the beginning, it was an injury that at best was going to be six weeks and it can be up to 12 weeks so he’s in, what, I think it will be his seventh-odd week.
‘It’s just a minor issue around that and it was a case of do we deal with it now or let it settle or do we do something about it and unfortunately it will put him out of the next number of weeks but hopefully ensure he is back with everyone else for pre-season so he was keen to go down that route.
‘It’s just unfortunate for him but he is positive now about getting back and being ready for the new season.’