Leicester City 4 - 0 Aston Villa
During the outstanding Foxes victory, in a sweeping move up the right flank, Ricardo Pereira was struck down by Jack Grealish in a poor attempt to win the ball. It was such a poor challenge that it didn’t even go down as a tackle for the Villa captain, who’s name you rarely heard, unless it was to mention his inevitable departure from likely relegation doomed side.
The challenge came late in the game, but that didn’t stop Ricardo from finishing the 90 minutes and completing his clean sheet. Ricky outclassed England’s new great hope in all areas of the pitch. He had 82% pass success, 1 successful dribble, and two tackles. Villa’s #10 lost the ball 4 times, all in the first half, and hardly made an impact in the second half worth noting.
Ricardo’s injury has him sidelined for at least the next 4-6 months, but given the season’s abrupt stop due to the Coronavirus, we can’t be sure when we’ll see the Portuguese right back dominating on the pitch.
The medical team discovered the injury to his anterior cruciate ligament and it was much to Pereira’s surprise. Brendan Rodgers said Ricardo mentioned to him he thought it was just some soreness, but that wasn’t the case after the results of the scan came in. No surgery is scheduled at this time, but that could change if the medical team decides it is the next course of action.
We don’t know when our Foxes will be back in action next, but James Justin will have some big shoes to fill in his absence.