Boubacar Kamara has been ruled out for at least a month with an ankle injury after being on the recieving end of a bad tackle from Cheick Doucoure in Aston Villa's recent 1-0 win at home to Crystal Palace.
It is a major blow for Aston Villa as Kamara has been integral to the way Villa set up this season. He hasn't only excelled under Unai Emery, he was even shining under Steven Gerrard at the very start of the season.
The double pivot that Unai Emery has opted for with Kamara and Douglas Luiz is what managers can only dream of. It has been the definition of perfection so far in his reign. Kamara sits deeper and breaks up play whilst Luiz is more forward thinking and acts as more of a dictator and creator.
Kamara's absence is bad enough, but with Emery choosing to utilise McGinn and Ramsey out wide since taking over, that leaves either Leander Dendoncker, who wasn't on the squad on Saturday, or Calum Chambers to fill in for Kamara till he returns.
Chambers replaced Kamara following the injury on Saturday and didn't do too badly considering he has been utilised as a defender since his arrival just over twelve months ago, but he was no Boubacar Kamara.
As referenced earlier, both John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey have been used out wide as oppose to them playing centrally like under Steven Gerrard. Of course, they still have the capabilities to play centrally, however neither have proven to excel in a deeper role like Boubacar Kamara's, therefore, is it really worth moving McGinn or Ramsey out of roles where they have done well and playing them in roles which won't suit their attributes as footballers?
It will definitely be a headache for Unai Emery. Not only have we lost a very key player in Kamara, but we have a lack of real quality to replace a player of his caliber. It could definitely be something that we look to address in the summer window.
BY HARRY BATTERS - @HarryBatters