That’s according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who revealed in a recent interview with Football Insider that, after being withdrawn in the first half of Villa’s 1-0 win over Southampton last week, Boubacar Kamara appears to have sustained a medial collateral ligament injury – a setback that would certainly rule him out of contention for the trip to Elland Road in 11 days’ time.
Regarding the Frenchman’s injury, Dinnery said: “This one looks to be an MCL problem. I didn’t pick up anything initially when I was first watching the game, but he pointed to the inside of his right knee. That suggests it’s that medial collateral ligament.
“There are varying degrees of severity with this. You hope there are no secondary issues, like the meniscus. The MCL responds really well to conservative treatment. The worst-case would be surgery, in which case you’re looking at around three months or possibly even a little bit longer. But you hope that it is more towards the lesser end of the scale.”
Considering just how important a part of Steven Gerrard’s side Kamara has already become following his move to Villa Park this summer, Dinnery’s suggestion that the 22-year-old now looks certain to be unavailable for the Elland Road meeting on October 2 will undoubtedly have come as a big boost to Jesse Marsch and his side.
Indeed, over his seven Premier League appearances – all of which have come as starts – so far this season, the £22.5m-rated talent has been in exceptional form, enjoying an average of 62.1 touches of the ball, as well as completing 42 passes – at a success rate of 84% – making 3.3 tackles – the joint ninth-most in the division – and winning 6.0 duels – at a success rate of 51% – per game.
These returns have seen the £150k-per-week Frenchman average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.86, ranking him as Gerrard’s ninth-best performer in the top flight of English football thus far in the 2022/23 campaign.
As such, should the former Olympique de Marseille man indeed be ruled out of Villa’s meeting with Leeds next month, it is clear to see that his absence would provide the Whites’ chances of sealing all three points with a considerable boost – something that, while it is never nice to see a player sustain a serious injury, will certainly delight Marsch.