In the 57th minute of Aston Villa's eventual win over Notts County in the Capital One Cup, new phenom Adama Traoré limped off the pitch. He had been the victim of a rough tackle and apparently had to have an ice pack applied to his ankle. Now, after two sensational matches in a row, Adama looks to be a doubt for this weekend's match against Sunderland.
Speaking after the match manager Tim Sherwood said that Adama would have to worry about being a marked man now that teams realize the only way to stop him is to take his legs out from under him. When asked about today's injury, Sherwood said:
"It doesn't looked good to be honest. He took a heavy knock - I thought it was a bad tackle. It was his ankle. He's a real talent. It's too soon to tell how serious but he's packed in ice and hobbling around."
So there you have it. A debut against Crystal Palace that saw him basically score a goal after a brilliant run (only to have it go in the books as an own goal) and a home debut that saw him actually score, and now Adama has an injury that may be serious.
Villa won a thrilling match today and we all have a derby against Birmingham City to look forward to. This should be a jubilant evening! But with this injury news we all get a quick reminder that we support Aston Villa and can thus never truly be happy.
Here's hoping the injury is less serious than Tim is intimating.