LEICESTER have been dealt an injury blow with the news that Dennis Praet will be out for around three months.

The 26-year-old midfielder pulled up in the final few minutes of the FA Cup victory at Stoke after he stretched to reach a Youri Tielemans pass.

If Praet is ruled out until mid-April, he could miss a dozen or so Premier League games, two rounds in the Europa League, plus the next three rounds of the FA Cup.

“Dennis will be (out for) up to three months, we think, which is a huge blow for us,” said Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, ahead of Saturday’s clash with Saints (8pm).

“It was an awkward one for him at the time, the ball just popped up and he over-stretched. It was not quite his hamstring but a tendon in the hamstring. Obviously we need to ensure his recuperation is the best it can possibly be.

“He is going to be out for a while, which is not so good for us.”

Right-back Ricardo Pereira (groin) and winger Cengiz Under (hamstring) have made progress in their recoveries, have resumed full training and are back in contention, although Rodgers said their returns would be managed “step by step”.

Fellow defender Caglar Soyuncu (groin) is also back in training and nearing a return.