Nigeria International and Leicester midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi will undergo surgery to correct a groin problem and is expected to miss around 12 weeks of action.
This was revealed by Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers.
The midfielder suffered the injury in Leicester’s victory over Burnley over the weekend.
Ndidi was absent from the squad as the Foxes faced Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Brendan Rodgers also expressed concerns over Ndidi’s lengthy layoff.
“As suspected, the groin abductor has come away from the bone. Rodgers described it as nasty one saying surgery now is definitely needed.
He was in action from start to finish as the Clarets bowed 4-2 at the King Power Stadium but a scan by club’s medical team disclosed that the midfielder’s injury would require surgery.
“That [surgery] will take probably place tomorrow morning,” Rodgers told the media on Friday ahead of Sunday’s fixture with Manchester City.
“It’s just unfortunate, it comes right off the bone, so he’s going to be up to 12 weeks we think. He’s a huge player for us.
He also said Ndidi’s upcoming absence is ‘unfortunate’ and admitted he will ‘be a miss’ for Leicester.
With Ndidi sidelined for 12 weeks, he would miss 11 Leicester matches and the club’s entire Europa League group stage matches.
Before his injury, Ndidi had been drafted to the central defence so far in the 2020-21 campaign following the unavailability of Wes Morgan, Jonny Evans and Filip Benkovic.
The midfielder would also miss Nigeria’s matches against Ivory Coast, Tunisia, and both legs against Sierra Leone.