By Alan Hutton

15th Dec, 2020 | 5:00pm

Exclusive: Pundit rages as Aston Villa hit by 'Huge blow' pre-Burnley

Losing Douglas Luiz through suspension will be a “huge blow” for Aston Villa ahead of Thursday’s clash with Burnley, according to Alan Hutton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland star was fuming after “card happy” referee Mike Dean gave the 22-year-old his marching orders for two bookings against Wolves.

Luiz, who was first cautioned after just 14 minutes, saw red after he caught Wolves winger Daniel Podence with an elbow five minutes from time.

The Brazilian’s sending off means he will miss Thursday’s clash with Burnley along with Matty Cash, who is suspended after picking up five yellow cards this season.

Hutton admitted he was less than impressed with the officials’ handling of the game and insisted Luiz would be sorely missed against the Clarets.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s a huge blow. I think Mike Dean was card happy on the weekend, he just kept on fanning out yellow cards for fun.

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“I think when you do that that early, it sets the standard for the rest of the game and a couple of the fouls were just like niggly fouls, I don’t think there was any real need to keep brandishing a yellow card.

“If you’re gonna consistently foul when the referee is on one of those games it’s going to happen eventually so he’s a huge miss, but there is an opportunity for somebody to come in.

“The likes of Nakamba or if he goes back to Conor Hourihane, whoever he picks, that’s an opportunity for them to go in and stake a claim.”

Luiz has started every single one of Villa’s 10 Premier League games this season and had only picked up two yellow cards prior to the win over Wolves.

In other news, Danny Mills has dropped a massive Aston Villa player claim after “speaking to a lot of senior coaches” about unsung hero.