Burkina Faso winger Bertrand Traore had to be unfortunately stretchered off after just 29 minutes into the game this past weekend as Aston Villa lost 4-3 against Southampton at Villa Park.
This was the 25-year-old’s first English Premier League start this season after making four substitute appearances in the league since his move from Olympique Lyon in the recent transfer window.
After pulling a groin Traore was replaced by Egyptian winger Trezeguet as Dean Smith’s troops lost a second consecutive game in the league, something the coach should be worried about considering the fact they had won four league games on the trot before the FIFA international break.
Speaking to the club’s website Smith feels the attacker’s injury is not so serious and he should be back in action soon.
“It happened on our short free-kick routine where it came to him and he side-footed it on the edge of their area just wide. He felt his groin so the medical staff will look at him and we’ll see how bad it is. I don’t think it’s really serious otherwise he wouldn’t have carried on. It was serious enough for him to come off, that’s for sure,” said Smith.
The manager will be hoping that his big signing returns in time for the away fixture against Arsenal on Sunday evening as Villa looks to get back to winning ways before the next international break.
This is Traore’s second spell in the Premier League after being in the books of Chelsea between 2014 and 2017. After struggling to break into Chelsea’s first team the attacker was loaned out to the Dutch Eredivisie where he played for clubs like Vitesse and Ajax Amsterdam on loan before making a permanent switch to Lyon in June 2017 on a five-year-deal. While plying his trade in France’s top-flight the Burkinabe talisman played 87 games and scored 21 league goals in the three seasons he spent with the former French Champions.
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