As MOMS first feared, Jordan Amavi has been confirmed by the club to be out for the rest of the season due to the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee he picked up on international duty for the France U-21’s.
It will come as a bitter disappointment for new Aston Villa boss Rémi Garde to lose the fan-favourite, after selecting Amavi in his first back-four selection which performed well against Manchester City. Now the Villa boss will being ruing his limited options to replace the French 21-year-old. With Aly Cissokho and Joe Bennett out on season-long loans, he’s left with Kieran Richardson, or possibly playing Ciaran Clark, Jolean Lescott or José Ángel Crespo in the left-back berth.
Such limited options won’t exactly comfort Garde and the six-weeks until the January window can’t come soon enough, when even just loaning in a decent left-back surely will be considered.
Still, there is little time to wallow in excuses and considering Amavi has only played 12 games for Villa to date, his loss will not be pivotal to whether Villa survive or not.
Lambert off the Dole Queue
As mooted earlier in the week, ex-Villa boss Paul Lambert finally has a new job after taking up the reigns at Blackburn Rovers. Lambert walks into a club faced with a Financial Fair Play embargo, with Rovers unable to buy players since December 2014 for not meeting the Football League’s Fair Play Requirement. The club are currently 16th in the Championship.
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