Journalist Pete O’Rourke believes that Aston Villa would be receiving a ‘huge boost’ if Diego Carlos was able to return before the end of the season.
Carlos arrived for £26m in the summer but he was quickly ruled out with a serious injury.
However, former coach Steven Gerrard revealed in October that he could still well feature in a ‘big chunk’ of the campaign.
When asked by This is Futbol how important it would be to see Carlos before the end of the season O’Rourke replied: “It would be a huge boost. He’s been a big miss for Aston Villa. I think his injury was a contributing factor to Villa’s poor form at the start of the season.
“He was such a big, marquee signing for the club in the summer. They beat a number of top clubs to his signature so to lose him so early to a serious injury was a blow to Aston Villa.”
TIF Thoughts on Carlos and Aston Villa…
Will Carlos miss the rest of the season?
The 29-year-old was part of the Brazilian side that won a gold medal at the Olympics last summer and arrived with vast experience at the highest level.
He arrived having made 230 appearances in three of Europe’s top seven leagues and 25 times in European competitions.
Villa supporters will be hoping his injury doesn’t affect his ability and quickness across the ground and having him back for the closing stages of the season could be vital with the club potentially fighting in the top half of the table.