Matt Targett was forced off in the first half of Aston Villa’s 6-1 Carabao Cup win against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday.
He came off in the 43rd minute and was replaced by Frederic Guilbert, having sustained a hamstring injury on his debut for the club.
Speaking of the left-back after the game, Dean Smith was quoted in The Birmingham Mail as saying: “He felt his hamstring and we got him off as quickly as we could.
“It will probably keep him out for a week or two. It’s not as damaging, I don’t think, as what it could be. As soon as he felt it, we got him off.”
Targett had to be patient for his first opportunity in an Aston Villa shirt, as Neil Taylor has played all three of the club’s Premier League games so far, as per WhoScored.
Smith has previously opened up about discussions with Targett, in which he told the 23-year-old he must earn the shirt from Taylor, as was reported by The Birmingham Mail, with the Crewe game being his first chance to do that in a match setting.
He had made a pretty good start to the game before coming off, having made 1 clearance, 2 tackles and 1 block, as well as winning 2 aerial duels, as per SofaScore. In addition, he had completed 80% of his passes and successfully made one dribble.
This will have been a blow for Targett as he looks to get into the Villa starting line up. However, his performance in the time he did have can act as a consolation.
If, as Smith suggested, he is out for a couple of weeks at most, the 23-year-old should be back for the Carabao Cup third round, which will be played on the week of September 23rd, as per The Express.
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