Aston Villa injury update: Remi Garde discusses Adama Traore blow, Wycombe absentees

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Alan Hutton, Gabby Agbonlahor and Carlos Sanchez are all set to miss Saturday's FA Cup clash with the League Two side, while Adama has been ruled out for around 10 weeks with a broken bone in his foot.

Aston Villa winger Adama Traore is expected to be sidelined for around 10 weeks after breaking a metatarsal bone against Sunderland, manager Remi Garde has revealed at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s third round FA Cup clash with Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

Adama, 19, replaced Jack Grealish in the 57th-minute of last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light and showcased his game-changing potential five minutes later with a fantastic solo run and cross to set up Carles Gil’s wonder strike.

However, the £7 million summer signing from Barcelona had to be replaced himself two minutes from the end after taking a knock to his foot, and while the problem was not thought to be too serious at the time, tests have since revealed that it was worse than first feared.

Villa also have a few other injury issues ahead of the trip to Wycombe, as Alan Hutton is set to miss the match after tweaking his hamstring against Sunderland, while Carlos Sanchez is suffering with a similar issue which forced him to sit out the Black Cats loss.

Gabby Agbonlahor is also currently struggling with a back injury, but it remains to be seen whether he would have featured anyway, given how he has fallen out of favour since Garde’s appointment in early November.

Speaking at his pre-Wycombe presser, the former Lyon boss said: “Carlos Sanchez will be out. Alan Hutton will be out with a hamstring. Adama Traore will also be out for around 10 weeks because he broke a bone in his feet in the last game.

“It's a big blow, not more, not less, than every other player. When you lose a player for 10 weeks it is huge. I wouldn't underestimate what Adama can give to the team, he has a profile that can be very spectacular, from outside.

“But even now in the modern game you have to be involved in every part. Adama has a lot of work to improve this part of the game. When he came in like he did the previous game, it is a nice weapon to have for me, unfortunately now he is injured.”

Garde also admitted that the he could now target reinforcements in the current transfer window after seeing Adama ruled out for an extended period, adding: “It could change my plans. you have injuries during the transfer window it is something you have in your head.”

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