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Aston Villa dealt double injury setback ahead of Liverpool clash

Aston Villa have been handed a double injury setback ahead of their Premier League match against Liverpool tonight.

What’s the latest?

That is according to Villa manager Steven Gerrard, who spoke to the media on Monday ahead of his side’s clash against Jurgen Klopp and co.

As per Birmingham Mail, the 41-year-old told reporters: “Jacob’s got a chance for the weekend, unfortunately he won’t be involved tomorrow. The squad will be very similar to what it was against Burnley.

“We haven’t got any fresh injury worries, or anyone out of the squad. We’ve got nobody coming in either, but Ben Chrisene will join us. He had 90 minutes for the reserves on Friday against Everton in a behind-closed-doors game, so he’ll come into the squad, Ben.

“But it’s too soon for JJ [Jacob Ramsey], unfortunately. I’m sure he would have wanted to challenge himself in this game but, unfortunately, it’s too soon. He’s got a good chance for the weekend.”

Leon Bailey joins Ramsey on the sidelines, with the Jamaica international remaining out of action due to an ankle injury that he sustained against Norwich at the end of April.

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Gerrard will be gutted

You can tell from the use of “unfortunately” that Gerrard is feeling negative about the injury setbacks in his squad, and rightly so. Whilst Ramsey has endured a phenomenal breakthrough season, partly under Gerrard, Bailey – whilst not featuring much due to an injury-plagued campaign – also presents an astute attacking option when fully fit.

Ramsey has been a key component for Villa this season, having stared 79% of their Premier League fixtures in 2021/22. Along the way, he has helped himself and the team to six goals and one assist, which marks the best return of his albeit fledgling career. It’s a tally that’s made even more impressive considering that he did not score or set up a goal during his 22 top-flight appearances last term.

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Which club did Villa sign Leon Bailey from in the 2021 summer transfer window?

The absence of Bailey, whilst no doubt frustrating, is unlikely to hamper Villa as much as Ramsey’s, and with Gerrard’s recent formation tweak from 3-4-2-1 to 3-4-1-2, there would probably not be any room in the Villa attack for the Jamaican.

However, his absence means there is less attacking depth for the manager to call upon, which represents a blow in its own regard and will leave the 41-year-old gutted as his former club roll into town.

In other news: Gerrard must now unleash “magic” £18m-rated AVFC sensation tonight, he’d give Klopp nightmares

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