In-form Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes has been ruled out for the rest of the domestic season and will miss England’s UEFA Euro 2020 berth due to injury, manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed. The winger is due to have a second operation on the knee which he sustained during Leicester’s 3-1 home Premier League defeat by Arsenal in February.
“Harvey has had a slight setback, he is just going into have a second, only a minor, operation to clear up some of the damage in his knee,” Rodgers said. “That will rule him out for the rest of the season. The plan is to get him through the second little operation and be back for pre-season. It’s a shame because he has been absolutely outstanding for us and we had hoped he would be back to play some part.”
Earlier this year, the 23-year-old Barnes revealed that he eyes a spot in England’s squad for the upcoming European Championships after an exemplar performance this term. Barnes was on a run of five goals and two assists in his last 10 Premier League appearances before he was injured, including goals against Liverpool and Manchester United,
Barnes, who made his England debut in October as a late substitute in England’s 3-0 friendly win over Wales, has been one of third-placed Leicester’s most influential players this season with nine goals and four assists in the Premier League. Rodgers added that the he is in seventh week of the injury that could take six weeks up to 12 weeks.
It means the 23-year-old will not be fit to be part of Gareth Southgate’s England for the Euro league final. During the qualifiers in 2019, Southgate’s Three Lions celebrated their 1,000th game in style as they booked their place in Euro 2020, thrashing Montenegro 7-0 to top Group A. They were seeded in Group D along with Scotland, Croatia, and Czech Republic.
England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to announce his squad during the week commencing 24 May. Meanwhile, the Foxes sit third in the Premier League table with five games remaining. They sit behind second-placed Manchester United and seven-point ahead over fifth-placed West Ham, putting them on course to play in the Champions League for just the second time in their history.
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