Aston Villa might be with out Lucas Digne for an indefinite period of time…
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“Lucas Digne the large concern; no return date for the Frenchman with Ludwig Augustinsson the favorite to return in at left-back vs Leeds,” he tweeted.
The 29-year-old full-back picked up a difficulty throughout the worldwide break, the place he was referred to as up for France, and is about to be sidelined for “a number of weeks” on the very least.
Who ought to begin in Digne’s absence?
An enormous blow for Gerrard
Digne is a vital member of Steven Gerrard’s beginning lineup, so his absence is an apparent blow to the supervisor and the remainder of the squad.
The France star is one of simply two gamers to have performed 100% of minutes of their seven outings within the Premier League because the begin of the 2022/23 marketing campaign, the opposite being goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, which proves simply how necessary he’s to the previous Liverpool midfielder.
In the meantime, solely Tyrone Mings (2.4) is profitable extra aerial duels per recreation than Digne (2.1), while a mean of 2.3 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per recreation additionally means that he’s a really stable and dependable defender for the crew.
Nevertheless it’s additional ahead the place his presence is commonly felt, rating because the joint-second most artistic choice within the squad, having averaged 0.9 key passes per recreation this time period, additionally by way of WhoScored.
“To signal a participant of his pedigree and high quality within the January window is a good addition to our squad and his arrival excites me and everybody related to Aston Villa,” Gerrard defined after snatching the Frenchman in a £25m deal from Everton again in January.
His back-up, Augustinsson, is but to characteristic for Villa since arriving on mortgage from Sevilla in the summertime, so it’s laborious to gauge whether or not he might be an acceptable different or not however Digne goes to be a really laborious man to switch, given his significance to Gerrard over the previous ten months.
Simply as Preece says, it’s definitely an enormous concern – and now blow – for the Villa boss.
AND in different information, Gerrard might unearth Villa’s subsequent Ramsey in 16 y/o gem “excelling” at Bodymoor Heath…