Central defender Diego Carlos underwent successful surgery on Thursday after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in Aston Villa’s 2-1 win over Everton last weekend.
Carlos, who only arrived from Sevilla in May, will be out long term, but manager Steven Gerrard believes the Brazilian will play again this season.
The injury occurred late in Saturday’s match after Everton tallied in the 87th minute to cut their deficit in half (2-1). With Everton pressing for an equalizer, Carlos was replaced by Calum Chambers in the 90th minute.
Gerrard expressed concern in his post-match press conference, saying “I’m really worried. It’s tarnished how I feel. Let’s not say [it’s a huge blow]. I’m worried about it. It’s round by the ankle/Achilles area.”
Gerrard said on Friday: “For sure, Diego will still have a big chunk of the season to play, but we won’t put a return date on it as it sets unnecessary pressure. He’ll play again this season, we’re extremely confident of that.”
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