By Amir Mir

Aston Villa defender Ritchie De Laet could face a year of action on the sidelines after injuring his knee ligaments, according to a reliable journalist.

Belgian reporter Kristof Terreur stated on his personal Twitter account on Saturday afternoon that De Laet could be out of action for between nine and 12 months following his injury.

The 27-year-old informed supporters on his personal Twitter account on Friday afternoon that he had suffered a season-ending injuring, but it has now been reported he could face a lengthy spell in the treatment room.

“Ritchie De Laet (knee ligaments/hamstrings) will approximately be out between 9 and 12 months,” Belgian journalist Terreur wrote on his personal Twitter account.

Right-Back De Laet was substituted during Villa’s 1-1 draw with Brentford on Wednesday night and replaced by teammate Leandro Bacuna in the second-half.

The Belgian signed for Villa during the summer transfer window from Premier League champions Leicester City.

The two-time Premier League winner has valuable experience in the second-tier having won promotion last season with Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough side.

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