Aston Villa and England U21 were handed a huge blow in early July when Jacob Ramsay suffered an injury in the U21 UEFA Euros ahead of the start of the league season.
The youngster was one of the most important players for the young Lions in their Euro campaign but many were left dejected after he had to come off in the 67th minute against Portugal in the Quarter Final with an apparent foot injury.
He was seen limping off while on crutches after the game and the England manager expressed his concern over whether he will be able to return in time or not. This injury would later be analysed and diagnosed as a broken metatarsal that ruled him out of the tournament and put him in doubt to be fit for the start of the 2023/24 campaign for Aston Villa.
The youngster was in fine form for his side in the tournament playing every game up until his injury and even contributed with a goal and assist from midfield.
He then returned back to Birmingham from the tournament being held in Georgia and Romania for the start of his recovery at Villa.
It was always a long shot for the 22-year-old as historically it takes around 10 weeks to recover from this kind of injury but it has now been confirmed that he will be unavailable for selection to Unai Emery for the first part of the season and will be out until at least mid-September.
It is a huge blow for Villa as not only will he miss the important pre-season camp and the start of the Premier League but also Villa’s UEFA Conference League play-off fixtures. Emery will be using a large number of players early on in the season as their fixture list will pile up for a hectic start of the season and would surely be frustrated with Ramsey’s unavailability.
Worries are that Ramsey could be out injured for a long period of time but the reports currently only suggest that he should be out for the initially speculated 10 weeks.
Ramsey made 35 appearances for his boyhood club last season and contributed with six goals and seven assists across all competitions. He would have been looking to build on a successful season but is now facing a lengthy period on the sidelines at the start of the season.
Villa concluded their pre-season campaign with a defeat to Spanish club Valencia on Saturday and will play their next game straight in the Premier League opening weekend against Newcastle United on August 12.
Dates or fixtures for the Conference League play-offs have not been announced yet but they are likely to begin in mid-August, providing Villa with a jam-packed start of the season.