Ahmed Elmohamady is likely to be handed the right-back spot at Aston Villa for the remainder of the season with Alan Hutton suffering a knee injury in the early stages of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.
Hutton is facing a lengthy lay-off after suffering a knee injury just three minutes into the league match with Stoke at the weekend.
Villa are yet to learn the extent of the problem, but the Birmingham Mail have claimed that the defender could be facing a long spell on the sidelines.
The fact that Hutton will see his contract with Villa expire this summer means that he may well have made his last appearance for the club.
Villa’s main focus for now, however, will be on choosing a replacement for the 34-year-old, who has worn the captain’s armband in recent weeks and has put in a string of impressive performances.
It seems likely that Elmohamady will be handed the right-back spot, despite the fact that he has not operated in that position since the turn of the year.
Elmohamady started the clash with Stoke on the right of midfield, which has been the case in Villa’s last three Championship matches.
The Egyptian is no stranger to playing right-back, though, having operated in that position throughout December.
The 6ft ace is not the most creative of wide midfielders, but his work-rate and commitment to the cause simply cannot be called into question.
The initial signs when it comes to Hutton are not great, but Elmohamady will be looking to profit as he moves back into his best position with Villa desperately requiring a strong run of form if they are to make the top six.