Brendan Rodgers rages as youth star’s season ended by ‘worst tackle you’ll see’

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has fumed about a challenge in an FA Cup youth fixture – that left one youngster with a torn ACL.

Leicester starlet and England youth international Will Alves was hit with a studs-up tackle to his knee, leaving him on the ground. Wolves defender Caden Voice was sent off as a result of the horror challenge.

On Friday, a "devastated" Alves announced he would miss the rest of the season due to the ligament injury. Alves said: "A week full of ups and downs, devastated to announce that I have torn my ACL. I will give everything to get back on the pitch to do what I love the most."

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Rodgers fumed: "It’s a sad one for us. We lost one of our young talents, Will Alves, who came on in the MK Dons game.

“He wanted to play in the Youth Cup game the night after and played in that. They went through in the tie, our Under-18s, but he was taken out with one of the worst challenges I’ve seen on a football field.

“It’s such a shame for a young player who’s 17, who’s really making his way in the game and making his mark in training and the way he’s been. It’s a real disappointing one for us.

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“We wish him a speedy recovery in getting back. It’ll be the rest of the season he’ll be out for. His rehab will start over these next few weeks and he’ll have an operation after that.”

After the challenge, Alves' team-mates defended their friend – and a small melee broke out the officials had to sort out. Leicester's Under-18s beat Wolves 3-1 in extra time, to advance to the next round of the cup.


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