Belgian international Christian Benteke was today ruled out of Villa’s clash with Tottenham – as they faced a mounting injury crisis.
Boss Paul Lambert could be without 10 first-team squad members for tonight’s League Cup clash. Benteke had a scan on a hip injury yesterday with Lambert waiting on the results.
Gabby Agbonlahor (ankle), Ashley Westwood (thigh) and Gary Gardner (back) are likely to sit out.
Antonio Luna, Fabian Delph, Chris Herd and Ciaran Clark are carrying knocks after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Norwich with Charles N’Zogbia (Achilles) and Jores Okore (knee) long-term absentees.
Benteke is a major concern, though, and Lambert said: “We will have to wait until the results come back and speak to the relevant people that we think are the best in that field.
“Football isn’t a one-man game. If people say that, then they are being detrimental to others. I need everyone. They create the chances for him so there are big players for this team.
“I’m going to make changes because I have a lot of injuries at the minute and Saturday (Manchester City at home) is massive for us. Whoever comes in, I expect them to go and perform.”
Lambert also sympathised with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas who has hit out at their fixture list.
They play 48 hours after beating Cardiff in the Premier League, following a Europa League victory over Tromso on Thursday.
“We had it ourselves with the fixture list at the start of the season, which was horrendous, but you have to get through it,” said Lambert.
“But Andre will know himself how big his squad is to cope with that.”