Journalist Dean Jones writes that the Villa Park supporters are feeling “cursed” since Aston Villa striker Boubacar Kamara is out with a “devastating” injury.
The Villans are now 15th in the Premier League standings going into the international break, but it’s uncertain if head coach Steven Gerrard will have access to Kamara when his team returns to domestic play on October 2 against Leeds United.
Although Villa beat Southampton 1-0 on Friday to go back on the winning track, the three points were at a cost as Kamara had to be replaced due to an injury shortly before halftime.
The defensive midfielder will have a scan soon, according to Gerrard, who is “worried” about the potential severity of the setback.
Kamara’s injury has been a big personal setback because he had been selected for France’s international team when Adrien Rabiot was forced to withdraw for their matches against Austria and Denmark.
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The 22-year-old joined Villa after his contract with Marseille expired in the summer and has already made eight appearances since then.
When Kamara decided to make the move to the Premier League for the first time in his career, he signed a five-year deal for £150,000 per week.
What has Dean Jones said about Kamara?
Jones thinks Kamara’s injury is a major setback for Gerrard and will leave Villa fans feeling helpless.
According to the writer, the three-cap France international’s setback occurred just as he was beginning to adjust to the Premier League’s tempo.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s devastating and Villa fans must feel cursed that this is happening again.
“Kamara is such a big part of what they were planning this season and at a time when he would just have been settling properly in England, he’s now out.”
If Kamara is unable to play against Leeds, who will take his position in the starting lineup?
When Kamara was forced off against Southampton last week, Douglas Luiz joined the game, and it’s probable that he would go in if necessary to fill the vacuum left by the summer acquisition.
The Brazilian is a more than adequate substitute and, since the start of the new season last month, has two goals in seven games, making him more of a danger in the final third.
In the dying hours of the summer transfer season, Luiz was extensively connected with moves away from the Midlands, but Villa rejected three deadline-day offers from Arsenal, with the highest offer coming in at £25 million.