Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer will miss two months of action due to an ankle injury (via Sky Sports News), meaning he will be unavailable for the Carabao Cup quarter-final tie versus Liverpool next month.
The 27-year-old hobbled off against Wolves on Sunday after just seven minutes (BBC Sport), and the extent of his problem has now been confirmed.
Steer was only starting the game against Villa’s West Midlands rivals due to an injury to regular first-choice stopper Tom Heaton.
It was his first league start of the campaign (Transfermarkt) but, as mentioned, it lasted just seven minutes as he picked up an injury which forced him off.
It was initially feared that he had ruptured his Achilles but that isn’t the case.
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However, following a scan on Monday, it was confirmed that he had sustained a calf injury, which will mean that he is likely to be out until the new year.
He now joins a growing list of players with injuries at Villa Park, with Jack Grealish, Bjorn Engels and Heaton also struggling at the moment (Daily Mail).
Whilst Steer isn’t a regular in the Premier League, he has been Dean Smith’s chosen goalkeeper in their Carabao Cup campaign.
Indeed, he has started all three of their matches in that competition so far (Transfermarkt), but he will now definitely miss the quarter-final tie against Liverpool at Villa Park, which is a blow.
Orjan Nyland replaced Steer at Molineux, and he could now be in line to play in the League Cup – the 29 year-old was disappointing in the matches he played last term.
Meanwhile, Heaton’s injury is thought not to be too serious, and Smith is reportedly hopeful that he will be fit to face Newcastle United in their next Premier League outing (Express & Star).
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