Aston Villa took a well-deserved point from their clash with Manchester City on Saturday afternoon, but now there has been some bad news as an update emerges on an injury issue picked up during the game.
The Aston Villa correspondent for Birmingham Live, Ashley Preece, has revealed that Steven Gerrard has confirmed Matty Cash will undergo a scan after sustaining an injury early into the first half of the game against Pep Guardiola’s side this weekend.
Preece tweeted: “Steven Gerrard confirms Matty Cash has a hamstring injury and will be sent for an MRI scan. Naturally a doubt for Leicester next week.”
There is no doubt that it is a big blow for Gerrard going forwards, as his backline will be weakened further after Diego Carlos has already picked up a serious injury this season, and the manager will be hoping that the scan on Cash gives a more positive outcome.
The Villains haven’t had the best start to their Premier League campaign, losing three games consecutively ahead of securing a draw against Man City this weekend, although they are still teetering on the edge of the relegation zone in 17th – with just four points picked up from their first six outings in the league.
Cash is a trusted player in the Villa boss’ starting lineup, having featured in every game in the top flight so far – rightfully earning his spot with consistent and reliable performances at right back.
The 25-year-old has tallied up an 88% pass completion rate in his own half, as well as making an average of 2.2 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 1.2 clearances per outing in the league.
Furthermore, the Poland international has also won 64% of his duels combined and successfully completed the vast majority of his dribble attempts (80%).
Gerrard revealed he was “disappointed” with the injury for Cash in his post-match press conference, but lavished praise on Ashley Young for his performance standing in for the right-back:
“Losing Matty Cash was a blow because he’s important in how we play because we need his energy and his legs. I’m disappointed with that injury but I thought Ashley Young epitomised everything we needed today and he has since I come through the door.”
With that being said, the Villa manager will be hoping that Cash’s injury isn’t too serious and he will be back as soon as possible, but with an experienced Young in the team, they should have enough to deliver a result against a struggling Leicester City side next weekend.