Aston Villa defender Lucas Digne has reportedly suffered an ankle injury, feared to be a stress fracture, which could rule him out for several weeks.
The 29-year-old was a late call-up to the France squad over the International break due to an injury suffered by Theo Hernandez, but he has since been forced to pull out due to injury himself.
As per L’Equipe, it’s reported that initial tests have shown Digne has sustained a stress fracture to his right ankle, but the Villa left-back will undergo further examination to determine the full extent of the problem.
It’s worth noting that Digne has been active on Instagram on Wednesday and it appears as though he was on a day trip out in Paris before returning to England, and so that should hopefully allay fears of a serious issue as he wouldn’t risk worsening the injury.
That said, we won’t know for sure until we hear official word from Villa, and so there is an anxious wait to find out whether or not we’ve suffered another blow following setbacks for the likes of Diego Carlos, Boubacar Kamara and Matty Cash in recent weeks.
Villa boss Steven Gerrard will certainly be hoping that Digne will be available to face Leeds Utd on October 2, as with Cash working his way back from a hamstring injury, there is still doubt over whether or not he will be passed fit to feature.
Should we be without both of our first-choice full-backs, that could force Gerrard into continuing with Ashley Young on one flank, and to the stalwart’s credit he has filled in at a high level thus far, along with summer loan signing Ludwig Augustinsson potentially coming into play on the left side if Digne is ruled out.
Naturally, that’s not an ideal situation to be in, but ultimately it’s the reason why we have built a squad capable of competing across the season to deal with issues like these, and it’s hoped that both Digne and Cash will be in contention after the break.