Aston Villa: Ashley Preece shares Boubacar Kamara injury setback
Aston Villa midfielder Boubacar Kamara suffered a tibialis anterior muscle injury during his side’s win over Crystal Palace, according to Ashley Preece.
The Lowdown: Kamara injured in win
Unai Emery‘s side battled their way to a 1-0 victory at home to the 10-man Eagles on Saturday afternoon, as they continue to make progress under the Spaniard.
An own goal from Palace centre-back Joachim Andersen proved to be the difference between the two sides, although it wasn’t a day to solely focus on the positives.
Unfortunately, Kamara was forced off just before the hour mark, with concern surrounding the severity of his injury.
The Latest: Preece shares injury update
Taking to Twitter, Preece said that the midfielder suffered a leg problem on Saturday, suggesting he could be set for a lengthy absence from the team:
“Here’s the early diagnosis from #avfc on Boubacar Kamara, it appears to be the tibialis anterior muscle, the muscle by your shin bone. Unai Emery was also asked about his options in CM ahead of West Ham next week.”
The Verdict: Big loss for Villa
This is a cruel setback for Kamara, who has been a strong signing since coming in from Marseille last summer, making 18 starts in the Premier League in total.
Earlier in the season, Dan Rolinson claimed that the 23-year-old was Villa’s best midfielder ‘by a mile’, such were the level of his performances, and he has arguably justified his £150,000-a-week salary.
For that reason, the loss of Kamara through injury is a major blow for Emery and the hope is that he is available again before the end of the campaign, having averaged 2.5 tackles per game in the league.