Aston Villa midfielder could miss the rest of the season through injury

According to reports in the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa midfielder Birkir Bjarnason could be ruled out for the rest of the season after picking up a knee injury in the 2-0 win against Rotherham at the weekend.

What’s the story, then?

Well, the Iceland international – who was one of his nation’s stars at last summer’s European Championship finals in France – was reinstated to the starting XI for the trip to Yorkshire after being named on the substitutes’ bench for Villa’s previous two fixtures.

The 28-year-old only moved to the Championship outfit from Swiss side Basel in January, but reports now suggest that he will now be missing for six to eight weeks.

Is it a big blow?

Yes, and no.

Bjarnason has found himself in and out of the team under Steve Bruce so far, and he doesn’t appear to be a key player right now.

However, when he has featured for the first team he has proven his versatility by being utilised in a number of roles, and that is an attribute that is always useful for any team.

Will Villa cope without him?

They should, yes.

Steve Bruce’s men are currently suffering from a bit of an injury crisis after Jack Grealish was also injured at Rotherham, but with the play-offs beyond them and the relegation places seemingly out of sight, the only thing to play for is building momentum for next season.