Fer Nino has apologised for his horror tackle on Wesley Fofana during a friendly game between Leicester City and Villareal.
The striker lunged into the French centre-back when the sides faced off on Wednesday at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers later called the incident a “horrendous challenge”, after seeing the youngster stretchered off the field.
Nino addressed the challenge on his Instagram page, saying, “I am writing to publicly apologise, having already done so privately with him.”
“At no time was it my intention to harm him, as unfortunately happened.
“I sincerely hope that he has a speedy recovery and can return to the pitch as soon as possible to continue showing that he is a footballer of the highest level.”
Emery says “sorry”
Rodgers also said Villarreal manager Unai Emery had apologised for the tackle “straight away”.
“He’s going to be a huge loss for us,” said Rodgers. “It was a horrendous challenge and we’re obviously devastated for him.
“The medical team looked after him and the trauma doctor had to put his ankle back in place before went to the hospital.
“The ankle was so swollen it was not safe to be looked at so he will have another scan, which should give a clear indication of how long he will be out.”
Meanwhile, Jonny Evans is still out with an injury to his foot – and the Foxes boss has said that, as a result, they may need to look to the transfer market to sign another defender.
“It is something we will have to look at because we are definitely light in the central defensive area,” he said.
“We have a small list of players to look at. There are people who are identified, so we will see.”
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