Leicester’s manager Claude Puel has hailed the contribution of his defender Daniel Amartey after he suffered a serious injury in their Premier League match on Saturday.
The Ghana international had to be taken off on a stretcher in the closing stages of his side’s game at home to West Ham.
Amartey, who was deployed at right-back, left the field with his leg in a brace having suffered a serious-looking ankle injury following a clash with West Ham’s Michail Antonio.
The Leicester player appeared to catch his studs in the turf and twisted his leg.
The 23-year-old received oxygen on the pitch as his concerned team-mates crowded around before being taken off to applause from supporters.
Leicester manager Claude Puel hailed the Ghanaian and hoped for a better outcome as Amartey will face tests in the hospital on Saturday night.
Puel said: ‘My first thought is for my player at the end, Amartey. I hope it is not serious, he played well and gave everything. It’s difficult to see this at the end.
‘My thoughts are more about his injury than about the game. He needs to have it examined and then we will see after. I hope it is not serious.’
With Leicester having already made their three substitutions, Puel’s side played the final couple of minutes of stoppage time with ten men.
Leicester defender Harry Maguire checks on his team-mate at the King Power Stadium
The 23-year-old has been heavily involved for Claude Puel’s side this season, featuring in nine of their ten Premier League games.
West Ham took the lead against Leicester through Fabian Balbuena, but were reduced to ten men when Mark Noble was dismissed.
Leicester secured a point when Wilfred Ndidi scored in the closing stages of the game.
Amartey joined Leicester in January 2016 and featured in their title-winning campaign during his first season at the club.
He has made 63 appearances for the club in total.
Daniel Amartey lies in agony after the Leicester defender suffered an injury against West Ham
Amartey is stretchered off by Leicester medical staff after receiving treatment
Amartey receives treatment and is lifted onto a stretcher having suffered the injury
Amartey lies on the ground as West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass calls for a stretcher
Leicester defender Harry Maguire also calls for Amartey to receive further attention
Vicente Iborra offers his support as Amartey continues to receive treatment
Amartey appeared to catch his studs in the turf following a clash with Michail Antonio
Amartey stretches in an attempt to win the ball but he ended up suffering an injury