Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Marvelous Nakamba has suffered a major injury following the side’s 2-0 victory over Norwich in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
Writing on Twitter, The Birmingham Mail’s Ashley Preece initially said: “Not good on the Marvelous Nakamba front. A big discussion will take place tomorrow; surgery or will Villa manage it? Steven Gerrard on a big blow for Villa.”
And, in his post-match press conference, Gerrard himself added: “The best way to put it is that we’ve had confirmation that he has got a knee injury. We’re really going have a serious chat tomorrow in terms of whether we want him to have surgery or whether we’ll manage the injury conservatively.
“We’ll make that decision in the next 24 hours but he’s certainly going to be missing for some time because it’s a serious injury. We need to now make the best decision which is really frustrating and disappointing because he has been outstanding but we’ll give him every bit of support and care to get him back as safe as possible.
“We’ve got a rough idea but I don’t want to get wrong and I don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on the medical staff but he’ll certainly be missing for a number of months.”
The Zimbabwe international picked up the issue in the defeat to Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, and it now appears that is very much a serious one.
As Gerrard himself says, the blow to Nakamba is massively frustrating for the Villa manager and the club’s fans too, with the midfielder really coming into his own since the former Liverpool captain’s arrival as Dean Smith’s replacement.
The 27-year-old had started the previous seven games in the Premier League prior to the Norwich clash, with Villa picking up three crucial victories against the likes of Leicester, Crystal Palace and Brighton in that time.
And, former Villa man Gabby Agbonlahor recently waxed lyrical about Nakamba’s performances, saying: “He’s got legs, can tackle and make the simple pass. Give it to McGinn, give it to Ramsey, give it to Young and you’re job is done. He doesn’t have to play Holywood balls like Steven Gerrard did.
“He’s not asking that from Nakamba, he wants him to do his job, keep it simple, make those tackles and let the attacking players do their job. He can then cover for them.”
Given that anchor man role that he plays, Nakamba’s absence is a “big blow” for Villa as Preece says.
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