Aston Villa have revealed a major setback ahead of their Premier League game against Spurs on Wednesday night, with Dean Smith revealing that Morgan Sanson has now been ruled out for the last few games of the season.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against the Lilywhites tonight, the Villa boss confirmed that the Frenchman would play no further part this campaign due to the knee injury that he is recovering from as the injury has not recovered as quickly as Villa first expected.
The midfielder has been out of action for the Midlands club since early April when he wasn’t involved in the game against Liverpool at Anfield, and it appears his debut campaign at Villa Park is set to end on a rather sour note.
Sanson himself has meanwhile taken to social media to update the club’s fans on his injury status, saying: “Bad news about my injury which will take a little longer than expected. See you next season guys and trust me. Stronger than ever!”
It’s been a rather frustrating first season in English football for Sanson, making just nine appearances in the Premier League and that too only totaling 291 minutes worth of football.
Speaking after his signing back in the January transfer window, Smith waxed lyrical about the kind of qualities the Frenchman could bring, saying: “He has got a big game mentality, he has played at the top of the French league for the last five years, played in the Champions League.
“He is a great technician and has great tactical awareness. He can play in a number of positions, can set up goals and can score goals. He has a bit of everything in his game so we’re really pleased with the acquisition.”
It’s exactly why news that he will now miss the final two games of the season for Villa will be a major blow to Smith, who would have been hoping to see more of his new signing ahead of the new campaign.