Aston Villa

Aston Villa are set to be without winger Trezeguet for a year in a devastating blow, Football Insider has been told.

The Midlands giants announced earlier this month that the Egypt international would undergo surgery after suffering knee ligament damage in the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.

Villa did not put a timeframe on Trezeguet’s absence or divulge further details of the nature of the ligament injury.

But a Villa source has told Football Insider that the 26-year-old has torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and is likely to be sidelined for up to 12 months.

That is the usual timeframe for the most serious of the knee ligament injuries, and which has regularly ruled out top-level stars for around a year.

Trezeguet’s Villa teammate Wesley tore his ACL on New Year’s Day of last year and was sidelined for 16 months before making his comeback as a late substitute in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with West Brom.

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The Brazilian striker had sustained damage to three of the four main ligaments in his right knee.

To lose yet another first-team star to such a serious injury is a crushing blow to Villa and their manager Dean Smith.

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Trezeguet has been a key member of the side since joining in the summer of 2019 from Turkish club Kasimpasa for around £9million.

He has made 63 appearances in two seasons for Villa, scoring nine goals and providing five assists.

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