Aston Villa dealt big blow as key star faces surgery on knee injury

Date published: Monday 12th April 2021 6:58 - Robert McCarthy


Aston Villa winger Trezeguet is likely to miss the rest of the season as he requires surgery on a knee injury.

The Egypt international was forced off late on in the defeat to Liverpool on Saturday and reports in his homeland suggesting he had sustained knee ligament damage have been confirmed by the club.

“Trezeguet will now have an operation before starting his rehabilitation,” read a statement on Villa’s official website.

“Everyone at Aston Villa wishes Trez a full and speedy recovery.”

When asked about the problem after the match at Anfield, Villa boss Dean Smith said: “He tried to carry on but, unfortunately, didn’t feel great so had to come off and was naturally upset and worried at what extent the injury is but only time will tell us.”

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Newcastle star tipped for Villa switch

Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has tipped his old club to make a summer move for maverick Newcastle attacker Allan Saint-Maximin.

Saint-Maximin has only managed 19 appearances for Newcastle this season, netting three times and adding four assists. The flying winger has been hampered by injury issues throughout the campaign but was in unstoppable form as he scored an incredible solo goal in the win at Burnley on Sunday.

Newcastle struggled badly without Saint-Maximin, winning only two of the their last 21 games before victory at Turf Moor.

The 24-year-old, who signed from Nice in 2019, is renowned for his driggling ability and direct style. And, speaking to the Transfer Tavern, Hendrie believes the France Under-21 would be perfect for Villa.

He said: “He [Allan Saint-Maximin] is one that I would certainly take. He’s got that Premier League credibility.

“We have seen what he can do. He’s got that attack rate, he’s got flair, you know, all sorts.

“He could be a key addition to a Villa side that I feel… that’s where they’ve really lacked, in wide areas.

“Touched on Trezeguet before, I think he’d certainly come into the side, he reminds me in certain elements of [Bertrand] Traore. But he’s possibly got that little bit more element of pace going forward and he’s very direct.

“So he’d be someone I’d certainly be looking at.”


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