Shattering Aston Villa blow as senior ace all but ruled out for the season - report
By Will Butcher
Birkir Bjarnason could be set to miss the rest of the Aston Villa season after tests revealed the extent of the knee injury he suffered last weekend.
The 28-year-old broke down during Villa’s 2-0 win over Championship strugglers Rotherham on Saturday, coming off in the 33rd minute and leaving the ground in crutches.
The Birmingham Mail claim Bjarnason will be sidelined for eight weeks of action, which would rule him out until May 2 and miss a total of 10 matches in the process.
With just 11 games remaining in the 2016-17 campaign for Villa, manager Steve Bruce could be without his Iceland international for the majority of his side’s run in.
The news comes at the worst possible time, with Villa currently suffering from an injury crisis.
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The Birmingham Mail claim that Scott Hogan, Jack Grealish, Andre Green, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gary Gardner, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Libor Kozak and Ritchie De Laet are all suffering from injury.
The Midlands outfit will be forced to turn to Conor Hourihane, Henri Lansbury and Mile Jedinak in the middle of the park, as January signing Bjarnason takes his place in the stands.
Promotion expert Bruce could turn to the trio on Tuesday night, as Villa travel to Yorkshire to face a tough test in third placed Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Three points could see Villa climb into 12th position, if Neil Warnock’s Cardiff fail to beat relegation threatened Blackburn at Ewood Park.
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