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Aston Villa’s Jores Okore will be out of action for 3 months as he crushed his anterior cruciate ligament when playing his 4th match for Villa when facing off against Newcastle United. This is certainly not good news for a club that is fighting to stay in the middle section of the Premier League standings.
This isn’t the 1st time that Aston Villa has seen some of their defenders out injured for a significant amount of time as Rob Vlaar, Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark have also had similar incidents in the past.
Jores Okore is one of the latest additions that Aston Villa has had in their injury list. Libor Kozak is the most noteworthy player of the club that will be missing out from the remainder of the season after picking up a leg break.
Libor Kozak’s injury gives the chance for the Danish stiker Nicklas Helenius to step it up and make his claim at the forward position of Aston Villa. Helenius made an impressive season when he played in Denmarked scoring 16 goals and providing 7 assists as he was even named as the Superliga’s player of the year.
Despite having made those fairly impressive accomplishments, Helenius has not earned the trust of Paul Lamber who almost always preferred playing with Libor Kozak and the Danish forward had to settle with a place on the sidelines of the team but things may change for him now that Kozak will be out for the remainder of the season due to injury.
If there is anything that Aston Villa needs to improve this season it’s their attacking department as they have lost 4 out of their last 5 matches with the main reason being their lack to score goals when needed and hopefully the introduction of Helenius into the main team will change it.
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After a difficult start to the season, Aston Villa’s form has been slowly improving and it has been reflected in the table. They are 11th in the table after taking 14 points from the opening 11 matches. Villa used to spend big during the days of Martin O’Neill, but they have been very prudent in the last few transfer windows. This is expected to be the case in the upcoming January transfer window as well according to manager Paul Lambert. The team managed to win their first match in five during the weekend against Cardiff.
The 2-0 win lifts the pressure on Lambert, who has changed the team a lot since taking over almost 2 years ago. Christian Benteke started the season in flying fashion, but he has gone off the boil in recent weeks. Lambert’s main work will be to get Benteke scoring goals once again. After a difficult first half against Cardiff at Villa Park, Villa scored two goals in the second half to seal three points. This was the first win since the famous 3-2 win over Manchester city in September.
Lambert has said that they will not be looking for big-name signings, but it will be bargain deals that will be the talk of the town.
“Randy has been great and (chief executive) Paul Faulkner has been great but we won’t be able to do what you would call a massive signing. We won’t be able to go out and buy the big type of players. We have to look at the market, the young lads. We give them an opportunity and hopefully they take it. If you look at the side we put out against Cardiff you’ll see we have lots of injuries at the moment, nearly half a team out,” said Lambert after the Cardiff match.