Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Leon Bailey is set to miss the next couple of Premier League games at least following his injury against Manchester City on Wednesday night.
The Jamaica international lasted just over a half-hour against Pep Guardiola’s men in mid-week, and Gerrard has now delivered an update on where things stand with him right now.
He said: “Leon’s one doesn’t look great. He obviously has a muscle problem which, when he sprinted, he pulled up. He has a problem that we will analyse in the coming days.
“He will need an MRI scan and we will have to find out what the damage is. It looks like he will miss at least a couple of games. He was starting to look a real threat in training!”
Bailey’s combination of pace, trickery and eye for goal gives Gerrard’s side a potent attacking force from out wide and removes much of the goal-scoring burden from the likes of Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings.
The Jamaican has had an injury-disrupted start to life at Villa Park, playing just 423 minutes of football in the Premier League, but even in that limited amount of game-time, he has shown exactly why Villa fans should be excited about their summer signing.
After coming off the bench to great effect against Watford on the opening day – he marked his Premier League debut for the club by setting up John McGinn’s goal and almost sparking a late comeback – the winger showed just what he can bring to the table when he delivered another barnstorming cameo against Everton, scoring late on.
As one of the club’s marquee summer signings, it’s been desperately disappointing to see Bailey spend so much time off the field rather than on it, and this latest niggling problem is sure to have Gerrard absolutely gutted at not being able to count on him for the foreseeable future.