Report claims Aston Villa youngster Jordan Lyden could miss start of Championship season

The 20-year-old suffered a torn quadricep muscle against Arsenal in the final match of the campaign.

Enough things have gone wrong at Aston Villa this season to last a lifetime, but they have been dealt another blow with the news that young star Jordan Lyden could miss the start of their life in the Championship, according to a report from the Birmingham Mail.

Lyden has been an impressive breakout star at Villa Park in the latter stages of this season, and, along with some of his fellow academy graduates, has been a rare bright spot in an otherwise woeful campaign.

The 20-year-old, who can play in midfield or at full-back, made his second Premier League start for the club at Arsenal in Sunday's final fixture but had to be replaced after 75 minutes after suffering an injury.

The Australian later took to Instagram to confirm that he had suffered a torn quadricep muscle, an injury which generally has a lengthy recovery time.

The Birmingham Mail reports that the youngster is now already facing a race to be fit for the start of next season as Villa look ahead to life in the Championship, suggesting that he could be ruled out of action for up to 10 weeks.

The news will come as a blow for Villa, who will likely be relying more heavily on youngsters such as the Under-21s captain next season as they look to ship out numerous high-earning senior stars in a bid to cut costs and rebuild.

Since making his senior debut for the club in an FA Cup tie with Wycombe Wanderers in January, Lyden has racked up a total of six appearances in all competitions, including starting the Premier League defeats to Bournemouth and the Gunners.

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