Aston Villa centre-back Diego Carlos could be out for up to nine months with injury, according to Dr. Rajpal Brar
Carlos, a £27.9m summer signing from Sevilla, was injured on his home debut against Everton on Saturday.
Manager Steven Gerrard said after the game he was “extremely worried” about the issue.
And now his worst fears may have just come true, with Villa confirming in a statement on Monday that Carlos has ruptured his Achilles tendon and will need surgery.
Dr Brarsports scientist, physiotherapist and fitness and movement trainer says a ruptured Achilles tendon ‘usually’ results in a ‘minimum’ ‘6-9 month’ layoff ‘in elite football’.
And, worryingly, it will take ‘even longer’ for Carlos ‘to return to pre-injury levels’.
It looks like a monumental blow for Aston Villa and Carlos, just two games into his career at the club.
At best, he won’t be back until mid-February, and at worst, he’ll miss almost the entire season.
And even when he does come back, he’ll need time to get back to his peak shape, assuming he can get back there.
According to The Athletic, 29-year-old Carlos should be in his peak window right now, so this injury is robbing him of much of his early years.
Villa have invested a lot of money – he’s the fourth most expensive signing in their history, and you have to consider his salary too – but may not be able to see a real return for most of the season. ‘year.
In short, their plan is in tatters, and they will probably sign another centre-back now as a contingency measure.