Tom Cleverly hobbled off the pitch with a groin injury in Villa’s 1-0 loss to Swansea over the weekend, that takes Villa’s current injury list to 9! The international break couldn’t have come sooner for Aston Villa, not only are we fighting for Premier League survival, but a spot in the FA Cup Final.
Currently the likes of, Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos, Nathan Baker, Aly Cissokho, Kieran Richardson, Joe Cole, Libor Kozak and Tom Cleverly. Out of those 9, 6 players are defenders which has strained Aston Villa’s defence to a large extent. Last game Hutton and Bacuna both played out of position against Swansea and it could be argued that Bacuna failing to contain Montero resulted in Gomis’s late goal.
Last week a report was released that analysed Aston Villa injuries for the past 5 years. Throughout the past 5 years Villa players suffered 181 injuries in total, that came out to an average of 36 different injuries every year. 2011-12 was the worst year for Villa injuries, where 45 different kinds of injuries were suffered.
But what does that all mean? Effectively Aston Villa players have lost a total of 245.7 months of playtime, that equals to the age of Andreas Weimann. Lastly, Richard Dunne’s injury kept him out for 17.5 months, more than any other player for the past 5 years. Lastly, defenders have suffered the largest number of injuries with a total of 73.
The report was fairly interesting and I suggest that you take a look at the full document. But in summary, injuries have not come at the best of time for Aston Villa. Especially in Villa’s defensive areas, with only two fit centre-backs Villa are in a little bit of trouble. Ciaran Clark is one booking away for missing two games, and with no other fit centre-backs. That’s something that the club and Tim Sherwood can’t afford at this stage of the season. Having a fit left-back would also allow Bacuna to play further forward and allow Hutton to play in his more natural role at right-back.