Aston Villa have been dealt yet another major injury blow, and it could spell the end of a career at Villa Park…
As per injury news journalist Ben Dinnery, Philippe Coutinho seems to have sustained what seems to be a pretty major injury.
“We’re looking, initially, at around about two months as a minimum for this one.
“This was a fairly serious setback and we’re looking at a minimum of seven-eight weeks. That could potentially extend beyond 10-12 weeks.
“The difficulty that you always have with long-term injuries is that they’re always fraught with setbacks along the road. It rarely is a smooth, straight line to recovery, so there will be twists and turns along the way.”
As if his poor displays weren’t enough, it seems that the mercurial 30-year-old will now be out of action for the foreseeable future.
What was arguably one of the more exciting deals in Villa’s recent history has quickly devolved into something of a nightmare, with Coutinho yet to score or assist this season and now out until the new year.
It marks the continued devolution of a career that promised so much, as the man once branded a “wizard” by journalist Oluwashina Okeleji seems to have run out of tricks.
With Unai Emery looking to usher in a new era at Villa Park, he cannot rely on inconsistent options who have not performed in months. The last time the former Liverpool man contributed to a goal was on the final day of last season, and before that, it was back in March.
To think what could have been as well, as upon his arrival his four goals and three assists in eight Premier League games led everyone to think that he was back for good following his miserable spell at Barcelona.
However, it seems that poor form and injuries will once again mire another opportunity for success for the diminutive trickster.
Currently sat on a £125k-per-week deal that runs until 2026, it might be in Emery’s best interest to send Coutinho on his way and chalk the transfer down to an unsuccessful experiment that boasted the unbridled potential to succeed.
They cannot afford his inconsistency, and they certainly cannot afford his injuries too.