Former Preston North End striker Tom Cannon faces a spell on the sidelines after Leicester City confirmed they signed him with an injury.

PNE spent most of the summer trying to bring Tom Cannon back to the club after a successful loan spell earlier this year.

North End fans had real hope when Cannon was spotted at Deepdale during the 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Aberdeen.

The situation rumbled on and on with PNE eventually missing out as Leicester City pounced with a deal.

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Everton agreed a deal worth around £7.5million, allowing Cannon to make a deadline day move to the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City confirm Tom Cannon blow

Cannon has yet to feature for the Foxes and it’s unclear just when he will now be able to make his debut.

That’s because Leicester boss Enzo Maresca has now told BBC Sport that Cannon has a stress fracture in his back.

The issue came up in his medical and Leicester were happy to proceed with the deal, believing that Cannon would be fine down the line.

However, there is now no timescale for the 20-year-old’s return with Leicester having to be patient with Cannon.

Maresca added that Cannon hasn’t even trained with Leicester yet, with the Foxes preferring to look to the long-term than just focusing on an immediate impact.

Leicester City Unveil New Signing Tom Cannon
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PNE fans may feel relieved over Cannon

We all wanted Cannon back; he was outstanding on loan with North End in the second half of last season.

Peter Ridsdale confirmed on the From The Finney podcast that PNE did make a permanent move for Cannon and Everton had accepted before Leicester won the race.

North End moved on to sign Basel winger Liam Millar on loan as well as striking a club-record deal for Montenegro striker Milutin Osmajic.

Both players made an immediate impact against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, helping PNE claim a fifth straight Championship win.

Whilst PNE may have seen the value in the long game with Cannon, it’s hard to argue against having Millar and Osmajic making an impact right now.

There is also the fear that Cannon may suffer long-term issues from this injury, with PNE fans maybe relieved that a huge fee wasn’t paid out for a player who faces a spell on the sidelines.

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