Aston Villa have been dealt a huge injury blow as Diego Carlos will undergo surgery on a ruptured Achilles’ tendon.
The 29-year-old impressed in his first two Premier League appearances for the club, but was forced to limp off in our win over Everton at the weekend.
Villa boss Steven Gerrard sounded the alarm bells early after the match based on both how Carlos and the medical staff first reacted to the issue, and it is now clear that those fears were warranted.
As confirmed by the club, Carlos has ruptured his Achilles’ tendon and will now undergo surgery before starting his rehabilitation.
It’s unclear at this stage in terms of a specific recovery period, but he’ll face months on the sidelines and will hope to potentially return in time to feature towards the back end of the season.
The injury of course also rules out any chance of making the Brazil squad for the World Cup in November and December, and so it’s a huge blow not only for Villa but for Carlos himself as he’ll be devastated.
Naturally, it’s now hoped that he has a speedy and full recovery and comes back as strong, if not stronger, than before, but it’s a cruel blow for the Brazilian defender and Villa given how pivotal he was set to be for us this season.
Gerrard is fortunate in a sense that he has options in that department with Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa, Calum Chambers and Kortney Hause available to fight for places, with Hause on the comeback trail himself from injury, but it won’t soften the disappointment over now being without Carlos for the foreseeable future.