Why Lucas Digne is missing for Aston Villa’s clash with Southampton

Why Lucas Digne is missing for Aston Villa’s clash with Southampton

Aston Villa play host to Southampton on Saturday afternoon, but will have to make do without defensive pair Lucas Digne and Ezri Konsa for the clash against the South Coast outfit.

Steven Gerrard’s men will be looking to close the gap on Southampton, which currently stands at 5 points, with a win over Ralph Hassenhutl’s high flying Saints, who are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games and dispatched of West Ham in the fifth round of the FA Cup in midweek.

Villa, meanwhile, have lost two of their last 5 Premier League games, and despite the performances of Philippe Coutinho and Jacob Ramsay, sit marooned in 13th place after an underwhelming season to date.

An already difficult afternoon has been made more difficult, then, by the announcement that both Konsa and Digne will miss out for Aston Villa after testing positive to COVID-19.

It means that both Calum Chambers and Ashley Young have been handed starts by Gerrard for the mid-table clash.

Will they miss any other games?

Provided there are no more complications, both players will only be forced to isolate for five days, which could well have begun before the announcement on Saturday.

Aston Villa travel to Elland Road to take on Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United side on Thursday evening, which is precisely 5 days from the Southampton clash. This means that the pair will be touch and go for the trip to Yorkshire, and may well have to take to the pitch without a training session under their belts.

Given Young’s age, two games in five days may not be possible, so Gerrard will be hoping that Digne is back fit and firing for Thursday.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 27 47 66
2 Liverpool FC 26 50 60
3 Chelsea FC 25 31 50
4 Manchester United 27 10 47
5 West Ham United 27 12 45
6 Arsenal FC 24 11 45
7 Tottenham Hotspur 25 3 42
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 3 40
9 Southampton FC 26 -3 35
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 -5 33
11 Crystal Palace 27 -1 30
12 Leicester City 24 -4 30
13 Aston Villa 25 -4 30
14 Newcastle United 25 -17 25
15 Brentford FC 27 -17 24
16 Leeds United 26 -31 23
17 Everton FC 24 -13 22
18 Burnley FC 25 -10 21
19 Watford FC 26 -22 19
20 Norwich City 26 -40 17
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Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 11
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Raphinha Leeds United 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 8
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 8
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 8
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 8
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
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