Villarreal have been embroiled in controversy days before their pre-season friendly against Leeds United after Wesley Fofana suffered a serious injury in their warm-up fixtures.
The Whites were beaten 4-0 by Ajax in Amsterdam before taking on the Spanish side this weekend in their final pre-season clash.
The Yellow Submarines were in the headlines on Wednesday night though after Fofana suffered what appeared to a dislocation or break to the leg, as per our sister title, Leicestershire Live.
Fofana was caught by a challenge from forward Fer Nino, leaving the Frenchman needing a stretcher to leave the field.
The 20-year-old was treated on the pitch for five minutes after the challenge before he was taken to hospital. Brendan Rogers is expected to provide an update on his injury on Thursday.
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Nino’s challenge was deemed by many on social media to be excessive for a pre-season friendly, with the scissor motion leaving Fofana badly hurt.
The striker then went on to score after the tackle, making the scoreline 3-1, with the Foxes well ahead before the break in play.
Leeds have suffered pre-season injury issues of their own, albeit not to the same degree, and will want to avoid any further problems against Villarreal at the weekend.
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Jamie Shackleton was substituted against Ajax with a head injury, making him a doubt for the season opener against Manchester United.
Diego Llorente and Junior Firpo also missed the trip to Amsterdam due to injury.
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