Aston Villa suffered yet another injury blow during their 1-1 draw against Stoke City in the Championship on Saturday.
Defender Alan Hutton was forced to leave the pitch just three minutes into the game following an early challenge when the Potters opened the scoring through Sam Vokes.
The veteran could not continue and is likely to be on the sidelines for a while.
The 34-year-old Hutton is one of the most experienced members of the Villa squad and has been a first-team regular for Dean Smith’s charges this season as he has so far made 32 second-tier appearances for the club, scoring two goals and recording one assist.
After the defender left the field, manager Smith resorted to replacing him with Albert Adomah while Ahmed Elmohamady moved into the full-back position.
The Villans are currently in the midst of an injury crisis with first-team players including Orjan Nyland, James Chester, Axel Tuanzebe, Jack Grealish, Tom Carroll, Henri Lansbury and Keinan Davis all on the sidelines.
The result against Stoke leaves Villa in 11th position on the Championship standings with 45 points after 34 games. They are mathematically still in with a chance of securing a place in the promotion playoffs but are currently eight points adrift of sixth placed Bristol City who occupy the final playoff position.
Considering their big injury list as well as their lack of consistency throughout this season, one could say that Villa will probably not secure a place in the Premier League next season. This will also harm their chances of keeping star forward Tammy Abraham who is on loan with the club from Chelsea.
The youngster has been a shining star for Smith’s side this season and has so far scored 20 goals from 28 games in the second-tier. He is likely to attract offers from Premier League teams and may even be taken back and re-integrated into the Chelsea first-team after his parent club were slapped with a two transfer window ban last week.