Date: 28th December 2018 at 12:20am
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Axel Tuanzebe is currently sidelined with a metatarsal injury, causing him to miss Sunday’s 3-2 defeat against Leeds United and Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Swansea City. Dean Smith has already confirmed that the centre-back will miss Saturday’s meeting with Preston North End, saying Tuanzebe will be out for “a period”, but how long will that be?

Metatarsal injuries typically force a player out of action for around six weeks, but some have recovered sooner in the past. Some players have been given a special walking boot to take the pressure off the foot while rehabilitating, while others have been given crutches. Elevating the leg and applying cold packs should help with swelling but the key will be foot exercised to aid in the recovery.

It’s painful but very effective and could help a player return sooner than expected. Tuanzebe has already been out for close to seven days with his foot injury, so his return to the Villa side may not come for another five weeks or more – end of January/early February next year.

That means Tuanzebe could miss Preston on December 29, Queens Park Rangers on January 1, 2019, Swansea (FA Cup) on January 5, Wigan Athletic on January 12, Hull City on January 19 and Ipswich on January 26. The hunt is on for a centre-back….

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One Reply to “Explained: How long Axel Tuanzebe could be out for and what games he may miss”

  • The only way you want to get back in premier league, is to blast your opponents in the championship We ain’t doing that. But it’s a priority to get back in pl cause ffp will for sure come down on us in some form, if we don’t. Villa in a very confusing corner. One thing I have learned over the years it’s pointless buying loads of players in one go. Gelling and cohesion is a huge part of football. I think from now our strategy should be youth and we build a team for the future. I am glad we are dealing with being a sustainable club. What happened in the summer could have resulted in villa folding. Bolton an example, a lot of other clubs will follow suit. We are now in good hands post brexit. Which is fortunate as our class is only thing that saved us. Future is bright. But will take time

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