By Ben Dinnery

2nd Nov, 2021 | 7:00pm

Injury expert: Aston Villa starlet Ramsey facing nearly three months out

There is a possibility that Aston Villa starlet Jacob Ramsey could be ruled out for up to “10 weeks”.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Ramsey broke down after an accidental off-the-ball collision with Tomas Soucek in Villa’s 4-1 defeat to West Ham on 31 October.

As quoted by Birmingham Live the following day, Villa boss Dean Smith claimed: “It looks like a high ankle sprain”.

Dinnery explained that a high ankle sprain would rule the young midfielder out for around six weeks.

However, the medical guru fears that Ramsey could be out for far longer if he has suffered a hairline fracture.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It looks like Dean Smith’s words after the match came after consultation with the medical staff.

“Looking at the footage, it’s very difficult to ascertain a definitive diagnosis. But it looks like a forced external rotation of the ankle.

“That’s what differentiates a high ankle sprain from a typical ankle sprain.

“The reason high ankle sprains are generally worse is because of that additional strain.

“You can be looking at doubling your return-to-play timeline when compared to a normal ankle sprain.

“But if there’s a bone involvement, maybe a hairline fracture, then it can be much worse than six weeks.

“But if everything is clear, he’ll go for an X-ray and they’ll be able to confirm.

“Four to six weeks is probably realistic, but we have seen instances when it has extended to ten. However, the average return to play is about 56 days.”

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