Worst fears are confirmed as Vassell is out for 6 months
BIRMINGHAM City striker Isaac Vassell faces six months on the sidelines after the severity of his Second City derby injury was confirmed.
The 24-year-old has suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament, which looks set to have ended his season prematurely.
The former Luton favourite was forced off in the first half of Blues’ 0-0 draw with Villa on Sunday following a challenge with Alan Hutton.
Blues boss Steve Cotterill confirmed the blow and must now find a replacement to lead the line against Brentford tonight.
“He’s had a scan and has got a ruptured cruciate ligament. It’s not good news for the football club and it’s not good news for the player as well, so we have to get over that,” Cotterill said.
“It’s not something I wanted as a manager because he is a young player I was really, really enjoying working with and he’s a great lad.
“And I think by the end of the season it would have been a good learning curve for him for going on in his career.
“Now the learning is put back six months. It’s a real blow for him. It is a real negative. You get these things that come up in football.
“The worst thing about things always happen to lads.
“Forget how quick he is, forget how it is these the good strong he is, forget what could have in the game.
“He is an absolute delight to work with. Whenever you converse with him out on the training ground, he wants to learn. It is a blow for us, for sure.”
The manager refused to point the finger at Hutton, whose tackle appears to have caused the problem.
“I don’t think you can blame anyone. It wasn’t like it was a bonecrunching or reckless tackle. It’s just future he one of those things that happens. There is no blame connected to anyone at Aston Villa, that has to be made clear,” added Cotterill.
Vassell joined from the Hatters in August, since when he has made ten appearances and scored one goal.
However, he has started the last three games and seemed to have cemented himself into the XI with a series of bright performances.
Meanwhile, Cotterill is not considering calling an early end to Sam Gal- lagher’s loan deal. Asked about national media reports that Gallagher could be set for a return to Southampton, Cotterill said: “That’s new to me so there’s probably a little bit of agent talk there I would imagine.
“That hasn’t been discussed with Sam. I don’t quite know where that has come from – and even if I had thought about it I wouldn’t tell anybody anyway.
“It’s not something that’s head at this moment in time.” in my
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