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Monday 26 March 2012

Villa send injured N'Zogbia to specialist

Aston Villa winger injured knee in collision on training ground last week

Charles N'Zogbia has made 24 appearances for Aston Villa so far this season

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has confirmed that winger Charles N'Zogbia will visit a specialist in France to assess the extent of his knee ligament injury.

The 25-year-old missed Saturday's trip to Arsenal after a collision on the training ground with midfielder Gary Gardner on Thursday.

McLeish says he expects the Frenchman to be out for up to a month.

"Charles is going to get specialist attention in Paris," said McLeish. "We've just got to see if his knee ligament is going to take much longer [to heal].

"We can't afford to be without any more experienced players"
- Alex McLeish

"But we think it's a medial knee ligament problem, maybe three or four weeks out.

"It happened in a training ground collision with Gary Gardner. They banged knees together and Charles kind of opened his knee up a little bit.

"It was a blow to lose Charles. He was in decent form and getting better with every game."

N'Zogbia's injury adds to the club's casualty list, with defender Alan Hutton suffering a calf injury in the defeat at Arsenal.

"He had an injection because he has been struggling with his heel," McLeish told the club's official website. "I hope it is not too bad but he was actually complaining about his calf when he came off.

"We can't afford to be without any more experienced players because that was down to the last 11 that you saw [on Saturday].

"The rest of them were injured and we had six young players on the bench."

Striker Darren Bent, midfielder Fabian Delph and defender Richard Dunne are all long-term absentees.

Aston Villa host Chelsea on Saturday before taking on Liverpool, Stoke and Manchester United.

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Key Points

  • Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia to see specialist
  • Winger missed Arsenal defeat after injuring knee in training last week
  • Defender Alan Hutton hurt his calf against Gunners