By Ben Dinnery

20th Sep, 2022 | 11:02am

Medical insider names Boubacar Kamara's Aston Villa return date after knee ligament damage

Boubacar Kamara could potentially be out of action for Aston Villa until after the winter World Cup break.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

Kamara, who joined Villa on a free transfer following the expiry of his Marseille contract in the summer, was forced off before half-time in Villa’s 1-0 win over Southampton last Friday (16 September).

As quoted by Birmingham Live after the match, manager Steve Gerrard admitted he was worried by the midfielder’s issue.

The 22-year-old has since been dispatched for a scan to assess the damage.

Dinnery fears that Kamara may have injured the medial collateral ligament in his knee.

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“This one looks to be an MCL problem,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“I didn’t pick up anything initially when I was first watching the game, but he pointed to the inside of his right knee. That suggests it’s that medial collateral ligament.

“There are varying degrees of severity with this. You hope there are no secondary issues around this, like the meniscus.

“The MCL responds really well to conservative treatment.

“The Worst-case would be surgery, in which case you’re looking at around three months or possibly even a little bit longer. But you hope that it is more towards the lesser end of the scale.

“The difficulty is that he has recently joined the club, so you don’t know his history, how he responds to pain, or whether he’s a quick healer.

“It could be that the initial concerns were overblown and he returns in October. On the other hand, a more serious injury could extend into and beyond the winter break.”

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