Aston Villa have suffered a major setback after their appeal against Neil Taylor’s red card was rejected by the FA.
The left-back was sent off deep into stoppage time against Bolton for a high tackle on Adam Le Fondre but Villa hoped it would be rescinded.
Unfortunately, according to the Birmingham Mail, that was turned down meaning Taylor will be absent at just the wrong time for Steve Bruce.
The former Swansea man will miss two huge local derbies away to Wolves and Birmingham City as well as a home game against Fulham sandwiched between.
Left-back is just about the only position that Villa lack genuine cover, having let Jordan Amavi join Marseille in the summer on an initial loan deal.
That means that Bruce is going to be forced to play someone out of position to fill the gap.
Birkir Bjarnason has slotted in for a Carabao Cup tie but it seems more realistic that one of the three right-backs Alan Hutton, Richie De Laet or James Bree will occupy the role.
Steve Bruce was livid with the decision to send Taylor off, but the reality is it was a needless tackle in a nothing area of the pitch by the experienced defender even if you feel it didn’t warrant a red.
The sending off comes at the worst possible time with three massive games coming up, so it’s easy to see why Villa appealed.
Left-back is a problem position for Bruce now, but that should lead to questions over why they didn’t add more depth their in the summer.
What do you think Villa fans? Who would you replace Taylor with? How big a loss is he ahead of the three games? Let us know in the comments below.