Luke Young Out "Three Matches" With Torn Hamstring

From the BBC.

As you may be able to tell  by the headline, I'm more than a bit skeptical of the timetable given for Young's return. Though the tear is described as minor, it's still a tear rather than a strain and two weeks (remember, the League Cup tie with Burnley takes place next Tuesday) seems like more than a stretch. Coupled with what seems a trend of the expected return of Villans being pushed back, I hope you will forgive me for taking this with a grain of salt. I am not a doctor however, (as you may or may not be aware,) so we shall have to wait and see.

At this moment Villa's depth at RB is a bit lacking. Beye has been second choice to this point, but I can't imagine anyone is especially thrilled with that state of affairs. I'm hoping to see Eric Lichaj get at least a token chance at moving his way up the pecking order during Young's absence and to be honest I'd almost prefer Carlos Cueller at RB to Beye, especially with Ciaran Clark providing even greater depth in the center of the defense.

At any rate, not especially good news. I'm all for Gerard Houllier's efforts to increase the fitness of the squad, but it's tempting (for me, at least) to wonder whether the recent spate of injuries is in any way connected. Let's hope Young really is back before the end of October though, because the squad really can't stand much more attrition this early on in the proceedings.

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