Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has told the club's official website that he didn't think Jordan Veretout could play all 90 minutes against Manchester City today.
Frenchman Garde, 49, was appointed Villa boss on Monday, and having watched on as his new side lost 3-1 to Tottenham just hours later, he took charge of Villa for the first time today.
It was a daunting task for Garde as his side hosted Manchester City, but they came out with plenty of credit after a 0-0 draw this afternoon.
Villa had to ride their luck somewhat, having seen Raheem Sterling's close-range header bounce away off Brad Guzan's face, Kevin De Bruyne fluff his lines from just yards out, and Fernando crash a header of the crossbar in the dying seconds of the game.
However, Villa were resolute, hard-working and tough to break down, something that can't be said of their performances under former boss Tim Sherwood.
Speaking to the club's official website after the game, new manager Garde praised winger Carles Gil for his impress display, admitted his doubts over whether French midfielder Jordan Veretout could complete 90 minutes due to concerns over his fitness levels, and also explained why outcast Charles N'Zogbia was brought in to the fold today.
"For me Carles can be very useful for the team," said Garde. "Today was a good game for him. He had a lot of defensive work to do and he did it very well. He has to carry on like all the other players."
"Jordan didn't play for a few weeks so I wasn't sure he could go until the end. I think he had cramp at the end. Ashley Westwood was not in the group because he suffered a bad kick on Monday. He didn't train this week. Ashley could have played as well."
"I think Charles is an interesting player. He was quite okay on the training sessions and I thought he could be useful for the team. That's it. Maybe next week it will be another. I don't know," he added.