Amavi has been ruled out for the season following the injury he picked up whilst on international duty with France Under-21s, and Remi Garde now faces a selection problem,
Either Garde can call upon Kieran Richardson or Charles N’Zogbia to fill the left-back position, although they are not natural full-backs and lack some level of defensive aptitude.
The other obvious option is for Villa to go out and sign a new left-back in January, although this costs valuable transfer funds which need to be spent on other areas of the squad.
However, there is one option that has not been suggested, which could be to recall one of the Villa players who is currently out on loan away from Villa Park.
Aly Cissokho has never been a particularly good performer for Aston Villa, and he was loaned out to Porto at the beginning of this campaign when Tim Sherwood was head coach.
Sherwood clearly had no desire to incorporate Cissokho into his first-team, and the signing of Amavi suggested that Villa had made the correct decision.
However, in loaning Cissokho out, Sherwood got rid of the only other natural left-back in his squad, not counting on a situation such as this one.
Cissokho played just 27 games for Villa, and although he struggled for the Midlands side, he did somewhat prove himself with Liverpool. He was also a solid performer at Lyon when Garde was head coach of the Ligue 1 side, playing 126 games.
His time at Porto this season has not gone as expected, with just three games to his name, and it is likely that Cissokho would be up for returning to Villa if they opt to cancel his loan deal.
First-team football would be almost guaranteed playing under Garde, and with his former coach in charge, it could be that Cissokho starts to show some of the abilities that many expected of him when Villa signed him.