Aston Villa gave a boost for the Cherries clash
Aston Villa have been given a big boost ahead of Saturday’s Premier League season opener against newly promoted Bournemouth…
What is the word?
According to Birmingham Mail, the Cherries have suffered a major blow for this upcoming meeting at Vitality Stadium, with manager Scott Parker set to be deprived of two of his three summer signings through injury.
The former England international has revealed that former West Ham United defender Ryan Fredericks and midfielder Joe Rothwell – who signed for Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer – will be absent from this weekend’s game:
“In the last game, he [Rothwell] sprinted and just felt something in his quad. He will not be ready for the start of the season. It wasn’t as bad on a scanner as we might initially think, but it will miss early in the season.
“Ryan Fredericks is on the grass again. Again, next weekend is coming a bit too fast for him, but he is on the right track.
Gerrard will buzz
While those at Villa Park would wish the opposition no harm when it comes to injuries, Steven Gerrard will no doubt be pleased to see Saturday’s opponents unsettled by these two notable absences.
Although Parker will likely have newcomer Marcus Tavernier to call on, having Fredericks and Rothwell on the treatment table will ensure the 41-year-old ends up with essentially the same side that earned promotion out of the Championship. , with little importance. improvement has been made.
Will Villa beat Bournemouth on Saturday?
No, not convinced
Yes, total faith
The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has only recently expressed concern over the lack of income, with doubts over whether the south coast side have the quality in their ranks to return to the top flight .
That frustration and uncertainty will apparently only give the Villans the upper hand this weekend, with Gerrard’s men looking to get off to a quick start after last season’s disappointing 14th place finish.
A solid summer of recruitment so far – which has seen five major signings made by sporting director Johan Lange – has provided the Midlands side with all the tools they need to significantly improve the 2021/22 campaign.
The Villa boss will play one game at a time, although he apparently couldn’t have had a better start than against a depleted and under-strength Bournemouth side.
AND in other news, Lange is eyeing Villa’s move for £30m ‘goalscoring machine’, he would be their very own Darwin Nunez…