Aston Villa didn’t have a good result this weekend as they lost 4-3 to Southampton. However, the loss itself it wasn’t the only bad bit of news to come out of Sunday as summer signing Bertrand Traore had to come off in the 29th minute due to an injury.
Manager Dean Smith gave an update on the severity of the issue following the match.
Dean Smith’s update on Bertrand Traore
Speaking following the Southampton match, he said: “It happened on our short free-kick routine where it came to him and he side-footed it on the edge of their area just wide.”
“He felt his groin so the medical staff will look at him and we’ll see how bad it is. I don’t think it’s really serious otherwise he wouldn’t have carried on.
“It was serious enough for him to come off, that’s for sure.”
How big a blow will this be for Villa?
It might be too early to judge him, but he has failed to set the world alight so far. The 25-year-old has managed on average, 0.6 shots per game, and 0.4 successful dribbles (WhoScored). He has done better in the cup, as he has scored one goal in two games, but he needs to bring this form to the Premier League.
Traore has been praised in the past by his former manager Guus Hiddink. He said: “He is open to learn and you can teach him, you can say ‘work on this’ and he is very clever to do so.”
With the fixtures coming thick and fast, Smith will want all of his players available so that he has good squad depth.
Even though this injury might not be the biggest blow, it could still impact the squad and they will be hoping he returns sooner rather than later.
In other Villa news, have a read of how the fan base blasted one ‘liability’ in the loss against Southampton here!
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