Aston Villa have suffered a huge blow in their hopes of fending off mounting competition for Champions League qualification, with Boubacar Kamara set to miss the remainder of the season through injury. The club have confirmed that Kamara suffered a “significant knee ligament injury” during Sunday’s 2-1 defeat against top-four rivals Manchester United.
Villa’s chances of a top-five finish – which could be enough for a Champions League spot depending on English success in this season’s European competitions – took a hit with their late loss against United.
Scott McTominay came off the bench to head a late winner past Emiliano Martinez at Villa Park after Douglas Luiz cancelled out Rasmus Hojlund’s first-half opener.
Kamara started alongside Luiz in midfield but was replaced by Moussa Diaby due to an injury in the 65th minute, and Villa have provided an unwelcome update on his condition.
A club statement read: “Aston Villa can confirm Boubacar Kamara has suffered a significant knee ligament injury.
“The midfielder sustained the damage during yesterday’s fixture with Manchester United and has subsequently undergone a scan this morning.
“Kamara’s condition will be reviewed ahead of a further consultation with a knee specialist.”
According to The Athletic, the problem in his right knee will rule Kamara out until next season, likely meaning he will miss France’s Euro 2024 campaign this summer.
The 24-year-old is expected to face a five to six-month spell on the sidelines, with surgery set to follow the diagnosis once Villa learn the nature of the injury.
Villa secured a coup in the summer of 2022 by signing Kamara on a free transfer from Marseille. But he suffered a knee ligament injury shortly into his career at Villa Park, missing nine games for club and country.
He has been a crucial part of Unai Emery’s impressive season at the helm, thriving at progressing the ball from deep and stopping transitions as the Spaniard’s only natural defensive midfielder.
Kamara’s impending absence adds to Villa’s injury woes, which John McGinn claimed had gone under the radar after Sunday’s defeat against United.
Villa suffered from two ACL injuries to Tyrone Mings and Emiliano Buendia before Kamara earlier this season, while Ezri Konsa is currently out for around a month with a knee issue of his own.
The Villans are in a spot of bother, winning just one of their last six games in all competitions.
Emery’s side have also lost three on the bounce at home, where they boasted a 100 per cent record in the first half of the campaign to fuel their Champions League march.
They will aim to bounce back against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, where McGinn will likely have to drop deeper alongside Luiz in Kamara’s place.