Aston Villa boss Remi Garde discusses how he will look to replace Jordan Amavi

Rémi Garde

The 21-year-old left-back suffered a season-ending knee injury while playing for France Under-21s last week.

After seeing Jordan Amavi's season cut cruelly short by a cruciate knee ligament injury, Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has told AVTV that he hopes the French left-back's replacement will come from his current squad rather than the winter transfer window.

Amavi, 21, joined Villa from Ligue 1 side Nice in the summer for a reported £10 million fee and has since made 12 total appearances for the club, while recording three assists in the process.

Though the team sit bottom of the Premier League with just five points from 12 games, the attack-minded defender has earned rave reviews for his own performances and was expected to fill a crucial role in compatriot Garde’s side following his appointment as Tim Sherwood’s successor earlier this month.

However, the youngster was dealt a major bow on Thursday night when he was forced off in the second half of the France Under-21 side's 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in Guingamp with what looked to be a serious knee injury.

While Villa fans were hoping that the problem might not be as bad as first thought, their worst fears were later confirmed on the weekend when the club announced that the promising full-back would miss the rest of the 2015-16 campaign due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

After his successful start to life in the Midlands, Garde concedes that the Frenchman’s absence will be a big blow to the club, but he remains optimistic that he will not have to dip into the transfer market to fill his place in the line-up.

“It’s a big blow for everybody because Jordan has been doing very, very well since the beginning of the season,” the former Lyon boss told AVTV. “He was a big asset for the team.

“We cannot do anything else now, unfortunately. We will have surgery and a long recovery – it’s the first time [he has had a serious injury].

“We had a chat yesterday because he’s going to have so very hard times, but as a club we have to react. We have other players and some of them will have chances to play now.

“We will see in a few months whether we need someone else or not.”

Villa have a few candidates to fill in at left-back in Amavi’s absence, with Kieran Richardson looking like the likeliest option at the moment after starting over his French counterpart in the three league games before Garde’s arrival – much to the surprise of supporters.

Ciaran Clark, Joleon Lescott or even Charles N’Zogbia could also be makeshift options until at least the January transfer window opens, while 21-year-old Lewis Kinsella is another potential contender if his more experienced teammates flatter to deceive.

In addition, Aly Cissokho, who played under Garde at Lyon, is currently out on loan at Porto, but it remains to be seen whether the club will be able to recall the former Liverpool man this winter after he signed a season-long deal.

Fellow loanee Joe Bennett, meanwhile, is due to return from Bournemouth at the start of the New Year, but the fact he has still not made an appearance for the Cherries does not inspire much confidence about his long-term future at Villa Park.

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