Aston Villa's Diego Carlos suffers a nightmare Achilles' tendon injury

Aston Villa summer signing Diego Carlos suffers a nightmare Achilles’ tendon injury in his second game for the club with Steven Gerrard’s new £26m recruit already facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines

  • Diego Carlos was forced off though injury in Aston Villa’s 2-1 win against Everton
  • Villa have now confirmed that Carlos suffered a ruptured Achilles’ tendon
  • The 29-year-old joined Villa from Sevilla for a fee of £26million this summer
  • Steven Gerrard named Brazilian defender Carlos as club’s vice-captain in July

Aston Villa have confirmed that £26million summer signing Diego Carlos suffered a ruptured Achilles’ tendon in their win over Everton and will now require surgery.

The 29-year-old has started both Premier League games of the new campaign under Steven Gerrard, but was forced off through injury late on during Saturday’s home win over Everton.

A statement from Villa on the club’s website has since confirmed the severity of the Brazilian’s injury, with the defender now set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Diego Carlos was forced off during Aston Villa’s 2-1 win against Everton on Saturday

The 29-year-old Brazilian defender joined Villa in a £26million deal from LaLiga side Sevilla

‘Aston Villa can confirm Diego Carlos has ruptured his Achilles’ tendon,’ it read.

‘The player sustained the injury during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Everton. The player will require surgery and will then begin his rehabilitation programme.’

Following the game Gerrard stated that the club would ‘wait and see the outcome of his injury’, before determining whether they would be looking to make any further signings this summer.

Steven Gerrard said that the club would assess transfer options in the wake of Carlos’ injury

Carlos’ absence may provide an opportunity for England international Tyrone Mings to reassert himself within the Villa squad.

The defender was left on the bench as Villa were defeated by Bournemouth in the opening Premier League fixture, but returned to the starting eleven on Saturday, putting in an exceptional performance alongside Carlos in the heart of defence. 

Mings was stripped of the Villa captaincy over the summer, with Gerrard handing the armband to Scottish midfielder John McGinn and naming Carlos, and Emiliano Martinez as his deputies.

Carlos’ absence may provide Tyrone Mings a chance to reassert himself within the Villa squad




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