JAMES MADDISON was left "devastated" for Leicester starlet Will Alves, who suffered a horror ACL injury.
The England Under-18 star faces nine months out after Wolves defender Caden Voice's horrific studs up tackle.
Voice was shown red and Alves suffered a torn ACL, leaving Maddison and first-team manager Brendan Rodgers shocked.
Maddison, 26, tweeted: "Wasn’t sure whether to comment on this publicly but feel like it really needs to be looked at.
"This tackle is not acceptable in any way. I’m devastated for young Will.
"A brilliant kid with a bright future now having to recover from this horrific challenge."
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Rodgers said: "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.
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"It’s a real disappointing one for us. 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.”
Alves, who is yet to make a senior Leicester appearance, confirmed the injury which will keep him out for the rest of the season.
The 17-year-old announced: "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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