Concern for Aston Villa as explanation provided for Douglas Luiz’s absence vs West Ham
An insight into the absence of key midfielder Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa’s squad to face West Ham United has been provided online this evening.
Johnson breaks the deadlock
Dean Smith’s men are locked in action at present, in the last of the day’s Premier League fixtures.
On the back of a trio of successive defeats since the international break, the Claret and Blue welcomed high-flying West Ham to Villa Park, eyeing a return to winning ways.
As things stand in Aston, however, the hosts only look set to slip to a 4th-straight loss.
This comes with West Ham in front on the scoreboard, owing to a fine left-footed strike on the part of up-and-coming full-back Ben Johnson:
What a start for West Ham! ⚒
Ben Johnson puts the visitors ahead with a lovely left-foot finish! 🎯#AVLWHU pic.twitter.com/5aB3Nor8xM
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 31, 2021
As outlined above, though, amid another testing evening thus far, the current score at Villa Park marks only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the problems facing Dean Smith’s side.
This comes with the latest matchday squad called upon by by Sunday’s hosts having featured a pair of altogether noteworthy omissions.
The players to have missed out? Danny Ings and Douglas Luiz:
This is your Aston Villa team to face West Ham United this afternoon. 🟣 #AVLWHU pic.twitter.com/CrHQNSdzdb
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) October 31, 2021
And the hours since have seen explanations provided for the absences of both Villa stars.
As per Premier League injury analyst Ben Dinnery, Danny Ings, as reported elsewhere, has picked up a hamstring injury.
Luiz, meanwhile, could too be facing a spell out of action, with the Brazilian midfielder understood to be sidelined for ‘Covid-related’ reasons:
Understand hamstring for Ings and COVID-related for Douglas Luiz. #AVFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) October 31, 2021
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