Aston Villa’s Premier League survival hopes have taken another hit after boss Remi Garde confirmed key winger Adama Traore is facing a 10-week injury lay-off because of a broken bone in his foot.
The 19-year-old was signed in a deal worth around £8million in the summer from Barcelona and has shown glimpses of his quality for the struggling Villans.
However with Villa preparing for a tricky FA Cup third round tie against League Two promotion hopefuls Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday lunch time, Garde has confirmed that Traore will miss out and is unlikely to feature again until mid-March.
He said: “It is a big blow. He has a spectacular profile and is a nice weapon to have but he’s going to be out for quite a while.”
It is the latest setback for a Villa side which currently looks doomed to relegation as they sit at the foot of the Premier League with just eight points from 20 games – 11 points adrift of Swansea in the final position of safety.
Meanwhile Garde is hoping to bring some reinforcements into the squad and confirmed an interest in taking Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy to the club on loan this month.
Garde added: “When I speak to [Arsenal boss] Arsene [Wenger] it’s not as a friend, it’s business.
“I had a conversation with him a few days ago and Debuchy was among those we talked about.”
Villa, who are 1.02 to be relegated this season, are 2.15 to win at Wycombe in the FA Cup, while the hosts are 3.40 to pull off a shock and the draw is also 3.40.