Aston Villa

Length of Villa defender Terry’s expected absence confirmed

Experienced Aston Villa centre-back John Terry will not feature for the club again in 2017 after sustaining a broken metatarsal in the 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

The 36-year-old Barking born defender was replaced by Chris Samba in the 21st minute of the match on a disappointing afternoon for Villa.

The Birmingham Mail has now reported that Villa owner Dr Tony Xia has confirmed the length of Terry’s expected absence and it is not good news with the player set to be sidelined for up to 10 weeks.

Terry could be looking to make his comeback in mid-January with the Sky Bet Championship fixture at Nottingham Forest on 13 January 2018 being the earliest potential opportunity for the player to return. The defender’s absence comes as a bitter blow for Villa with the club looking to mount a serious promotion challenge after an initial patchy start to the season.

Adam Reach and Jordan Rhodes got the all important goals for Wednesday which downed Villa at Villa Park on Saturday. Samba did reduce the arrears deep in second half stoppage time but it proved to be too little too late for Bruce’s men.

The result leaves Villa four points adrift of fourth placed Bristol City while the club are seven points off the automatic promotion places.

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