Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Ezri Konsa is facing a spell of ‘12-16 weeks’ out following the knee injury he picked up in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.
The Villa boss also added that Emiliano Martinez is a doubt for Thursday night’s Premier League clash with Burnley after suffering a knock in training on Wednesday whilst Leon Bailey and Kortney Hause are unlikely to feature again this season.
“Ezri is confirmed to have a knee issue so he’ll be missing for 12-16 weeks which isn’t great news but we’re quite relieved because we thought we could have been dealing with an ACL so thankfully it’s not that,” Gerrard said.
“He should return all being well at the back end of August, beginning of September.”
The gaffer added that longer-term absentees Hause and Bailey have most likely seen their last minutes of 2021/22 whilst also revealing a fresh injury knock for their first choice shot-stopper.
Martinez picked up an issue in training on Wednesday morning but Gerrard is optimistic he’ll be able to suit up on Thursday, though if he doesn’t, he’s confident in on loan stopper, Robin Olsen.
“The keeper is a doubt at the moment.”
“We’re just analysing a situation that happened today in training.
“I think he’ll play, I think he’ll be fine but if he’s missing I don’t want you to look at me in the press conference tomorrow and say ‘you missed that one.’
“I’m confident he’ll be there, if he’s not, Robin is chomping at the bit. He’s been awesome, he’s trained well, he’s been ready and I’ll have no qualms putting Robin in if I have to.
“If Emi is fit and he’s fine - we’re going to assess him in the next hour or two - if he’s fit he’ll play.
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