Aston Villa summer signing Diego Carlos suffers a nightmare Achilles’ tendon injury in his second game for the club with Steven Gerrard’s new £26m recruit already facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines
- Diego Carlos was forced off though injury in Aston Villa’s 2-1 win against Everton
- Villa have now confirmed that Carlos suffered a ruptured Achilles’ tendon
- The 29-year-old joined Villa from Sevilla for a fee of £26million this summer
- Steven Gerrard named Brazilian defender Carlos as club’s vice-captain in July
Steven Gerrard’s worst fears have been realised with the news Diego Carlos ruptured his achilles tendon during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Everton.
Defender Carlos, a £26million signing from Sevilla this summer, limped off late on at Villa Park.
‘I’m extremely worried about that situation,’ admitted Gerrard in his post-match press conference.
Diego Carlos was forced off during Aston Villa’s 2-1 win against Everton on Saturday
The 29-year-old Brazilian defender joined Villa in a £26million deal from LaLiga side Sevilla
‘Aston Villa can confirm Diego Carlos has ruptured his Achilles’ tendon,’ it read.
‘If we lose someone who’s so important to us, that could tarnish the win.’
Villa can expect to be without the 29-year-old Brazil international for much of the season. A statement from the club read: ‘Aston Villa can confirm Diego Carlos has ruptured his achilles tendon. The player will require surgery and will then begin his rehabilitation programme.’
Steven Gerrard said that the club would assess transfer options in the wake of Carlos’ injury
Carlos’ absence may provide Tyrone Mings a chance to reassert himself within the Villa squad
Carlos’ performances for Sevilla last season made him a sought-after talent but it was Villa who won the race for his signature.
The centre back settled well into the side and to lose him after only two competitive appearances for the club is a major blow that could affect Villa’s plans for the rest of the transfer window.