Steven Gerrard admits Leon Bailey’s latest setback “doesn’t look great” with the Jamaican set for an all-important MRI scan to determine the severity of his thigh problem.
Bailey, 24, was visibly upset as he headed down the tunnel having been replaced by Ashley Young after just 30 minutes into last night’s narrow 2-1 defeat to in-form Man City.
With Bailey set to miss this weekend’s home fixture against Leicester City, Gerrard provided the latest with regards to the £30million man who’s already missed five out of 14 Premier League games due to injuries this season, from hamstring strains to thigh issues.
“Leon’s one doesn’t look great,” Gerrard told BirminghamLive. “He obviously has a muscle problem which, when he sprinted, he pulled up. He has a problem that we will analyse in the coming days.
“He will need an MRI scan and we will have to find out what the damage is. It looks like he will miss at least a couple of games. He was starting to look a real threat in training!”
Elsewhere last night, Matt Targett was also taken off with a minor head injury with the left-back expected to return for the Leicester fixture at Villa Park on Sunday.
Gerrard, meanwhile, also outlined why Jacob Ramsey missed out against City having performed well against Crystal Palace last weekend.
On Targett and Ramsey, Gerrard said: “Hopefully Tiggsy will be fine for the weekend. He had just a little bit of a knock but, hopefully, that’s not too serious.
“We’re also protecting young Jacob tonight here, there and everywhere but hopefully he’ll be fit for the weekend as well.”
The boss confirmed that niggles and setbacks are to be expected, adding: “I am going to expect a few niggles because the training intensity has gone up.”
Gerrard, 41, will provide a full team news update ahead of Leicester on Friday. The game looks set to be too soon for striker Danny Ings (hamstring) while Bertrand Traore and Trezeguet will miss out again, with the latter set to be involved for Villa’s under-23s against Birmingham City on Monday, December 6.