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Leicester City and former Tranmere Rovers full back Zoumana Bakayogo sweats on Yeovil Town future after injury at Birmingham City

By WGSweet  |  Posted: January 19, 2014


Yeovil Town physio Simon Baker helps to his feet Leicester City loanee Zoumana Bakayogo. Picture by Steve Bond/Pinnacle

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ZOUMANA Bakayogo’s Yeovil Town future faces a crucial few days as manager Gary Johnson waits to discover the full extent of the Leicester City loanee’s knee injury.

The Paris-born Ivorian headed south for a month on Friday to cover for broken toe victim Liam Davis and was thrown straight into the starting XI at Birmingham City.

However, Bakayogo - who made his name in Sky Bet League One with Tranmere Rovers before a summer switch to the promotion-chasing Foxes - lasted just 34 minutes.

The left back had to be helped from the pitch by physios Mike Micciche and Simon Baker having fallen awkwardly.

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Replacement Jamie McAllister did not fare much better, replaced by Italian debutant Matteo Lanzoni on 53 minutes when the Scot hurt his back.

Johnson said: “We brought one in for the jinxed other one that’s left at home injured. It may be a little bit of a left back hunt in the next week or so.

“It becomes difficult with loans because you can only have so many. But we will have to see how long Zoumana is out for.

“If it’s only a week then it won’t be so much of a problem, but if it’s six weeks then it’s a big problem. We will just have to keep looking and that’s been our season.

“If I asked me to loan me I wouldn’t come because it would be too dangerous to come here.”

Suggesting right-footed full back Luke Ayling could be given an extended run on the opposite side of defence following a solid final 32 minutes in the 2-0 victory at St Andrew’s, the boss added: “Zoumana said he just felt his knee crumple under him.

“It was innocuous, he just turned and he felt it. Jamie McAllister couldn’t catch his breath so I couldn’t wait for him to have ten minutes on the side waiting for him to catch his breath.

“We trust Lanzoni and I thought he did very well at right back and Luke did very well adjusting at left back. Maybe we’ve found our left back.”

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