During Leicester City’s preseason friendly against Villarreal on Wednesday, defender Wesley Fofana was carried off on a stretcher with a leg injury.
The 20-year-old French defender was attacked from behind by Villarreal forward Nino and was carried off after receiving prolonged treatment at the King Power Stadium.
Last season, Fofana was an important member of Brendan Rodgers’ squad in his first season in charge.
On Saturday, Leicester will play Manchester City in the Community Shield, with the Premier League season beginning the following weekend.
Caglar Soyuncu, Harvey Barnes, and Ayoze Perez scored for Leicester in a 3-2 victory.
Footballers in the Premier League, Women’s Super League (WSL) and English Football League (EFL) were subjected to a 48% increase in unmoderated racist online abuse during the second half of the 2020-21 season, according to research funded by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).
A detailed survey carried out on behalf of the PFA by Signify, an ethical data science company, also found that 50% of abusive accounts came from the United Kingdom; India and South-East Asia both generated 5%, with 4% from accounts in the United States.