Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has come out to confirm Wesley Fofana will not play again until next year after fracturing his right fibula last week.
The injury is worse than first feared, with scans showing that the centre-back has also suffered medial knee ligament damage.
Fofana was on the receiving end of a challenge from Villarreal forward Fernando Nino minutes into the second half of Wednesday’s friendly.
The 20-year old’s left leg was caught under the Villarreal striker’s body and was replaced by Ben Nelson. Nino was however shown a yellow card for the challenge.
“He will have his operation on Monday and he won’t play again until 2022,” Rodgers said after his side’s Community Shield win over Manchester City.
“At which point [of 2022], we don’t know yet. We will assess him as he goes. It’s a shame for him and for the Premier League not to have a player like that in it.
“Unfortunately the ligament damage is quite bad. He’s in great spirits. Some players want to go back to their own country [for their rehabilitation] but he wants to stay here and be around his team-mates.
“He will be back at the training ground on Thursday after his operation and he will start his rehabilitation from there.”
The France Under-21 international missed the Community Shield on Saturday which Leicester won 1-0 against Manchester City, courtesy of a late penalty from Kelechi Iheanacho.