Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has confirmed that Jacob Ramsey suffered a high ankle sprain in the defeat to West Ham Utd on Sunday.
The 20-year-old appeared to get his foot stuck in the turf in the early stages of the 4-1 defeat, and in turn that led to the twisting of his ankle as he required treatment for some time.
Ramsey was in visible distress as the medical staff attended to him, and it soon became apparent that he couldn’t continue as he required help leaving the pitch.
That led to fears that it could be an issue which could sideline him for some time, and as per BirminghamLive, Smith confirmed the blow after the game but stopped short of offering an official timeline on his recovery.
“It looks like a high ankle sprain and it’s disappointing again and, sometimes, things go against you. They certainly seem to be piling up on us at the moment.”
Time will tell how long Ramsey will now sit out as history dictates that depending on the severity of the sprain it could be up to six weeks, but it’s a blow for Villa considering his positive impact off the bench against Arsenal in the previous outing, which saw him score his first senior goal for the club.
It also comes after a string of impressive outings from the youngster so far this season, and so it undoubtedly comes at a frustrating time as he would have been looking to kick on and cement his place in the starting XI.
His absence could lead to a window of opportunity for Morgan Sanson in that Villa midfield trio now though, with the Frenchman missing out against West Ham due to illness.
It’s hoped that he has put his own injury and fitness concerns behind him, as ultimately given the characteristics and attributes that he can bring to this current Villa side, he could be a hugely important addition to the midfield as we look to end a run of four losses when we face Southampton on Friday night.