Aston Villa have been handed a cruel blow in their quest for Premier League survival, with both goalkeeper Tom Heaton and striker Wesley set to miss the rest of the season after picking up injuries in the club's recent win over Burnley.
Leading 2-0 at the time, Villa were cruising in the second half but saw both their Brazilian forward and number one stopper suffer knee ligament injuries - which now sees them ruled out of the rest of the campaign.
The Club can confirm that Tom Heaton and Wesley both suffered significant knee ligament damage during our match with Burnley on Wednesday and will now miss the rest of the season. #AVFC— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 3, 2020
Both players had only joined the club in the summer, Heaton moving from Burnley while Wesley signed from Club Brugge, with the pair regular starters for Dean Smith as he aimed to build a squad capable of retaining their Premier League status.
The Villans reached the top flight after beating Derby in the Championship play-off final at the end of last season, but must now keep their hopes alive without their key duo as the club confirmed the extent of their injuries with a statement on their official website.
"The club can confirm that Tom Heaton and Wesley will miss the remainder of the season due to injury," the statement read.
"The pair were injured during the second half of Wednesday’s 2-1 victory against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Source : 90min