Aston Villa may have enjoyed their greatest moment of the season so far, reaching the final of the FA Cup after an impressive 2-1 victory against Liverpool, but for one of their players, the day ended on a sour note.
Nathan Baker was making only his 11th appearance in a season hampered by injury, but after a promising start the 23-year-old was replaced with just 26 minutes on the clock.
Since then it has been revealed that Baker will miss the rest of the season with a recurrence of a knee injury, but things looked on the up prior to his early departure.
After playing 29 minutes against Manchester United and 72 minutes against Tottenham Hotspur, Baker started the semi-final in fine style.
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His passing accuracy was 95.7 per cent from 23 efforts, while he found a teammate with five of his six attempted long-balls.
The Villa defender also made two effective clearances and blocked one shot on goal before his injury, and it was a brief display that summed up the player’s career to date – skill blighted by misfortune.
There is still time for Baker to build a run of games prior to the end of his current Villa contract, but one wonders just how many more times he will play for Tim Sherwood’s side given his injury record.