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Matty James set to miss four to six weeks

Midfielder’s comeback derailed by Achilles injury

Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

City manager Craig Shakespeare revealed today that Matty James is expected to miss up to six weeks due to a strain his Achilles tendon. The midfielder picked up the knock two weeks again against Chelsea but attempted to carry on. The Foxes’ midfielder, who only just returned from a two year injury absence this summer, has his foot in a boot and will be spending extended time with the physio yet again.

The Achilles problem is unrelated to the knee injury which James suffered against against Southampton in the midst of 2015’s “Great Escape.” Thus far, there have been no indications that surgery will be required for the tendon injury.

Leicester City v Southampton - Premier League
James being stretchered off against Southampton.
Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

James’ absence will test Leicester’s midfield depth. With Danny Drinkwater off to sit on the bench at Stamford Bridge and Adrien Silva still blocked from joining the club, Shakespeare will have only Wilfred Ndidi, Andy King, and Vicente Iborra to available for selection for the immediate future.

Should James miss the full six weeks, he will miss Premiership clashes against Liverpool, Bournemouth, West Brom, Swansea, Everton, and Stoke in addition to the Carabao Cup clash against Leeds. This would put him back in contention for Manchester City’s visit to the King Power on 18 November.