The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

DE­FENDER Ritchie De Laet is fac­ing knee surgery, says As­ton Villa man­ager Roberto Di Mat­teo, af­ter a col­li­sion dur­ing the mid­week game against Brent­ford.

The 27-year-old Bel­gian, signed from Le­ices­ter City in the sum­mer, was brought off as Villa went on to draw 1-1.

“Un­for­tu­nately, Ritchie’s is a se­ri­ous in­jury. It’s look­ing that he will need surgery so he will be out for a while,” said Di Mat­teo.

The right-back tweeted that he ex­pects to miss the en­tire sea­son.

“Ab­so­lutely gut­ted but I’m sure the boys will get us up there,” he wrote.

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