Leicester defender Ricardo Pereira left with a broken leg from the horror tackle of Liverpool youngster Tyler Morton who only won a yellow card in the Carabao Cup thriller
Ricardo Pereira broke his leg following a reckless tackle from Liverpool youngster Tyler Morton, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed.
The 19-year-old Reds starlet embarked on the horror challenge in the team’s Carabao Cup 3-3 quarter-final match last week, with Liverpool advancing on penalties.
Pereira, 28, twisted in pain on the pitch, then limped after the terrible tackle from teenager Morton, who jumped in the back with both boots on the ground.
It was clearly a terrible foul, with the Foxes ace left in severe pain, and yet Morton only received a yellow card from referee Andrew Madley at Anfield.
Fans had to wait for news of their right-back injury, and boss Rodgers revealed the extent of the problem following Leicester’s 6-3 loss to Man City on Boxing Day.
“Ricardo Pereira will be [out for] six to eight weeks, âsaid the Foxes and the ex-Liverpool manager.
âIt’s so frustrating for him to see how hard he has worked.
“So that the referee doesn’t see this, it’s a fractured fibula and he’s lucky it wasn’t worse.”
The Liverpool man’s horror tackle was ironic timing, after Jurgen Klopp lambasted the referees for letting Harry Kane get rid of his bad challenge against Andy Robertson.
Robertson was then sent off in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham on December 19, with the Scotland captain apologizing for his actions, which led to questions being asked of England skipper Kane who said nothing about his tackle on the rear side.
However, Morton made no public apologies or comments to Pereira after their Cup clash, with Klopp making no reference to the post-match incident either.
And that could lead to an angry reception for the Reds when they travel to King Power Stadium to face Leicester in the Premier League again on Tuesday.
His broken fibula is the latest injury stroke for Pereira, who has struggled to regain his best form since suffering an ACL injury in 2020.
It also adds to the Foxes’ injury crisis at the back, with defenders Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana, James Justin and Caglar Soyuncu also currently on the sidelines, as there are fears over Ryan Bertrand after he was sidelined. ‘he limped out of the warm-up before the City maimed.
Portugal international Pereira took to Instagram following Leicester’s Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Liverpool and criticized officials for their response to Morton’s bad tackle.
âPerspectives,â he wrote on social media.
“You can tell I should be feeling unlucky after losing my return game and part of me is, but after what could be a late season tackle, which could be an ACL, I feel lucky , it is not one of them even though I will be outside for a while.
âLike I said, it’s the perspective. For some, it was just a yellow card.
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