Steve Bruce has confirmed Andre Green is facing months out of the Aston Villa first-team following hamstring surgery, reports the BBC.
Green has established himself as a first-team regular at Villa Park over the last year, with Bruce placing his faith in the winger.
The 19-year-old has made 25 appearances for Villa, and made a major impact from the wing during the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
Green scored his first senior goal for Villa in the victory over Norwich City last month, but is now facing an extended time out of action, after he was forced to undergo surgery on a hamstring injury.
Speaking about Green’s injury, Bruce said: “We wish him a speedy recovery, but it will be months I think.
“He has been hampered with it. It is never nice when it happens to a young one.”
Green’s goal against Norwich helped Villa to their only victory of the Championship season so far, with Bruce’s side struggling in 18th after seven fixtures.
Villa have managed to pick up just seven points so far this season, and pressure is building on Bruce following successive 0-0 draws at Villa Park at the start of September.
The most recent of those goalless draws came against Middlesbrough last night, where Villa were unable to break the visitors down, despite Adama Traore’s red card inside the first five minutes.
Green’s injury is a huge blow for both the player himself and Aston Villa, with the timing of the 19-year-old’s surgery not good.
The winger was establishing himself as a regular starter on the left side of midfield under Bruce, and his recent setback could seriously hinder his development, particularly with his return not expected to be for months.
Villa will also suffer from Green’s injury, with Bruce now missing a key part of his squad that offered balance to midfield.
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