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3rd Mar, 2017 | 1:44pm

Huge Aston Villa blow as another attacker faces lengthy spell on sidelines

By Matt Farr

Aston Villa winger Andre Green is set to face a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury, it has been confirmed.

Green, 18, was forced off late on in the victory over Bristol City on Tuesday night, and Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has revealed that he is set to be sidelined for at least a month.

He told the Express and Star: “It’s an awful one and it will be at least a month. He has tweaked a hamstring.”

The winger becomes the latest Villa attacker forced out for a long spell after January striker signing Scott Hogan suffered an ankle injury that will keep him out for another five weeks.

Bruce is already without a number of other first-team stars with injury, including Gary Gardner and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (both ankle), as well as Gabriel Agbonlahor (hamstring).

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Meanwhile, Leandro Bacuna is set to miss the next six games with suspension after headbutting a linesman in the Championship win over Bristol City on Tuesday.

But he has seen his resources depleted once more ahead of the visit to Rotherham on Saturday with the loss of Green, who has impressed since making his first-team debut almost a year ago.

The highly-rated youngster has already made 15 senior appearances for Aston Villa this season, earning four Championship starts.

He had earlier caught the eye of Bruce with a string of noteworthy displays for the reserve side, for whom he contributed four goals and three assists from 12 matches.

Green is also held in high-regard by the Aston Villa fans, who have been excited to see him action throughout the campaign, but they will no doubt be left reeling after the loss.

He has been an important player in recent weeks, earning back-to-back starts in the victories over Derby and Bristol City.

In other Aston Villa team news, fans have reacted on Twitter as Bacuna’s punishment for his dismissal against Bristol City has been revealed.

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