The Aston Villa left-back will not be available directly after the international break.
While Aston Villa have plenty of right-backs at their disposal, the same cannot be said on the opposite flank, with Neil Taylor an ever-present for Steve Bruce’s side this season, and rightly so.
The problem for the Villa boss is Taylor’s late red card against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday will see the Welsh international suspended for the upcoming match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and that is one game he would have been desperate to have his full squad available for.
Wolves have been in brilliant form this season and will mount a promotion challenge, as well Villa if they can maintain their current progress, but Bruce has now direct replacement for Taylor, meaning a right-back may well be called upon to feature of position.
Alan Hutton has already fulfilled that role for a brief time this season, much to the bemusement of some Villa supporters, and Bruce has a big decision to make as he attempts to keep Wolves’ attacking players at bay.
Taylor’s suspension has come at the worst possible time, with Villa looking very much on the up and their forwards matching the performances of their regularly sturdy back-line. So what happens now?
Hutton or Ritchie De Laet seem the most likely candidates, but the former’s lack of pace as he approaches his twilight years in the game could rule him out.
That potential means Villa will opt for De Laet, who would be making only his second Championship appearance of the season if he does start against Wolves.