Trezeguet Out for the Season
It didn’t look good for Trezeguet when he was helped off the pitch at Anfield in tears having injured his knee in the 2-1 loss to Liverpool.
The club today confirmed the Villa winger had ‘suffered knee ligament damage’ and will undergo surgery.
The possible spectrum for the expected time out for the Egyptian international is quite wide, depending on the extent of the damage.
Having received the kind of well wishing messages from his teammates and his fellow countryman Mo Salah, that players normally only receive for long-term injuries, Trezeguet is certainly expected to have a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
He’ll certainly miss the remainder of the 2020/21 season and in a best case scenario, will be doing well to return in the first half of next season.
Typical Villa Luck
Some Villa supporters will see the injury as typical Villa luck, with Trezeguet having received a much needed confidence boost just last week, with the brace he scored coming off the bench against Fulham, to help Villa to a 3-1 comeback win.
With Jack Grealish’s time on the sidelines extended, Villa are now down to two wide midfielders in their squad in Anwar El Ghazi and Bertrand Traore to serve Dean Smith’s favoured formation.
Since the formation has lacked spark for most of 2021, there maybe the temptation to now look at a different approach. While the likes of Ollie Watkins and Matty Cash can play in wide midfield positions, they are perhaps too key in their current positions to sacrifice. With Villa destined for a mid-table position, Smith will certainly have the chance to blood U-23 players before the end of the season.
We wish Trezeguet a speedy recovery.