Diego Carlos injury update: Defender could return soon from injury

Aston Villa defender Diego Carlos has suffered yet another injury setback after he was forced off the field in his side’s game against Liverpool last weekend.

Carlos finally started to make appearances for Villa at the start of this season after being out for a prolonged period of time due to injury last season. But his streak of bad luck seems to have continued.

After arriving from Spanish club Sevilla at the start of last season, the Brazilian suffered a long-term injury right at the start of the campaign. This saw him sidelined for seven months and it meant that the new signing could not have any impact on Villa’s season until March.

This season, under a different manager than the one that signed him, he has featured in all four league games that the Claret and Blues have played. As mentioned before, he suffered the injury in the latest of those four games at Anfield.

As Villa lost 3-0, manager Unai Emery was asked what frustrated him most about the game and he said: “The injury of Diego Carlos.”

“It’s not a big injury but it changed our gameplan,” the Spanish coach explained.

The Spaniard described the injury as minor and Carlos returned to the Villa bench and sat with his teammates to watch the remainder of the game after initially going to the dressing room to receive treatment.

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This is largely seen as a positive sign but a few reports suggest that the 30-year-old was seen walking with a limp after the game.

Villa have already seen former captain Tyrone Mings sidelined due to injury at the beginning of the season and they could be without enough cover in the centre-back position if Carlos is to be out for a few weeks.

The Villans have a decent centre-back partnership currently with Ezri Konsa and new signing Pau Torres but could be without much cover for them. They signed Clement Lenglet from Barcelona on a season-long loan in the last few days of the transfer window in light of this very issue.

The extent and nature of Carlos’ injury is not yet known and it is also not sure when he will be back to full fitness. But it is unlikely that he will be out for long and cause Emery any major problems.

The hope in Villa’s camp is that the ongoing international break can provide the Brazilian enough time to recover from this potentially minor injury and he can return in their next league game against Crystal Palace after the break.