Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa has posted an update on social media as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.
Konsa, 24, sustained the blow against Crystal Palace in May, as he was forced to come off as a result of a challenge with Villa boss Steven Gerrard confirming shortly after that his centre-half would be sidelined for up to 16 weeks.
“Konsa has had a scan and it’s confirmed that he has a knee injury, he’ll be missing for up to 16 weeks,” Gerrard told the media in May, as per the club’s official site. “If you are going to sustain an injury as a player, it’s not the worst time in the world, although there is never a good time.
“He won’t miss much football, we are hoping to get him back some time towards the end of August or September.”
Konsa has posted previously while wearing a knee brace as he went through his initial stage of rest and recovery, but as seen in the image below which he posted on his Instagram account, the brace is now off and he’s hard at work in the gym going through his rehabilitation.
With the Premier League season set to begin on August 6, the expectation based on Gerrard’s initial timeline is that Konsa will miss pre-season and at least the first month of the new campaign.
It’s hoped that he’s firmly on track to return on schedule and doesn’t suffer any setbacks along the way, while it would be a welcome boost for Villa and Gerrard if he were able to return sooner.
Nevertheless, he’ll undoubtedly be monitored closely as he steps up his work, and with the signing of Diego Carlos this summer, Gerrard will feel confident that the options at his disposal without Konsa will be enough in the opening stages of the season.
— Talk Villa (@thetalkvilla) June 29, 2022