Villa boss Garde: Long road back for sidelined Amavi

Ian Watson
Jordan Amavi: Has suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury

Remi Garde admits Jordan Amavi has “some hard times ahead” but the Aston Villa boss will give his current players a chance to step up before dipping into the January transfer market. 

Amavi has been ruled out for the season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury while on international duty for France Under-21s.

The left-back has been one of the few bright spots for Villa this term, but new boss Garde will look to find a replacement for the 21-year-old from within his new squad.

Kieran Richardson, Joleon Lescott and Ciaran Clark can all move to full-back, while Garde admits Amavi will find his recovery hard going.

“It’s a big blow for everybody because Jordan has done very well,” Garde told AVTV.

“We cannot do anything else now. He will have surgery and a long recovery. It’s the first time for him.

“I had a chat with him because he’s going to have some hard times ahead.

“As a team we have to react. Some others will have a chance to play and we’ll see if we need someone else in a few months.”