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Pereira and Soyuncu injury blow for Leicester is boost for Sheffield United

Leicester City are likely to be without influential defender Caglar Soyuncu for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Sheffield United.

Soyuncu only made his long awaited return from a groin injury on Thursday night – but it lasted just 15 minutes.

The centre-back started the 1-0 Europa League defeat to Zorya Luhansk but had to be substituted when he aggravated the same injury.

“It’s not as bad as first feared,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers told Leicestershire Live.

“He had a little bit of fright on the pitch because it was very slippy with the conditions and everything else. He had a slight pull-up when he was sprinting.

“He’s had a scan so we’ll look at that this afternoon. He feels fine in himself, he’s done some tests and feels okay. We’ll just need to gauge that over the next 24 hours.”

Despite that positive update from Rodgers, the report continues to say that Soyuncu is “very unlikely” to be involved at Bramall Lane this weekend.

Which is a blow for the Foxes, as the Turkey international is a key player and was named in the PFA Team of the Year last season.

Thursday’s return was the first time Soyuncu had played since early October.

Other Leicester injury updates aside from Soyuncu

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As previously reported, Leicester were pleased to welcome back three important players this week.

As well as Soyuncu, both Ricardo Pereira and Wilfred Ndidi started at Zorya after injuries.

Pereira had not played for 269 days when he featured in the first half on Thursday after suffering knee ligament damage.

Yet Rodgers says he too now has a problem with his groin and the right-back won’t play against the Blades.

Ndidi played 55 minutes and appears to have come through unscathed, although is unlikely to start on Sunday. However, the midfielder may be involved in the squad.

The Foxes are also still without Timothy Castagne, Wes Morgan and Daniel Amartey.

Leicester’s defeat in the Ukraine stretched their winless run to four games in all competitions. They have lost three of those, including their last two league outings against Fulham and Liverpool.

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