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Aston Villa: Ben Dinnery claims Diego Carlos could take 12 months to recover from Achilles injury

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Ben Dinnery, who contributes for Sky Sports, recently claimed that Aston Villa’s Diego Carlos could potentially face up to 12 months on the sidelines after he ruptured his Achilles during the Villans’ win last weekend.

Despite picking up a win at home as Steven Gerrard’s men won 2-1 thanks to goals from Danny Ings and Emi Buendia, Villa fans will be disheartened by the serious injury sustained by their new signing.

Achilles injuries can require a lengthy recovery, according to Dinnery, and the injury specialist believes that just recovering from the surgery can take around six or seven months, while a return to top performance on the pitch can push the recovery time to around a year.

Dinnery told the Premier FPL Injuries YouTube channel, “The club have now confirmed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon and will undergo surgery to repair that. Now typically, we’re looking at around about a six to seven-month return-to-play period there, so certainly out for the remainder of this year, but return to performance is something else.

“We’ve seen with the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, to name two where that return to performance level can stretch easily beyond 12 months. So that’s one to watch.”

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TIF Thoughts on Diego Carlos’ injury…

Villa recovered well after their shock 2-0 opening day defeat to Bournemouth, but Carlos picking up this potential season-ending injury will certainly have hurt their desires to finish in the top half of the Premier League table.

It is easy to see why Villa brought him into the side, as in the past year, he has ranked in the 84th percentile for touches in the attacking penalty area and in the 82nd for passes attempted per game with 64.74, compared to other centre-backs in Europe’s top five leagues (as per Fbref).

As Dinnery stated, it can take a long time to fully recover from an Achilles injury, as most recently, Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze suffered the same injury in May 2020, and while he returned six months later to feature for their Under-23s, he has only started consistently this season, after making just 13 appearances in the Premier League last term.

Eze recovered ahead of time, and considering Carlos is five years older than Eze, he could take longer to recover and therefore could well be out for the rest of the season s Dinnery states. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.

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