Aston Villa today confirmed that one of their key players will be out for a lengthy spell meaning he face Newcastle United on Saturday.

While it’s never a good look celebrating an injury to a player, it can still be greeted with a sigh of relief as I’m sure the news coming out of Aston Villa today was by many Newcastle fans.

Aston Villa‘s squad is looking extremely dangerous these days and under the guidance of Unai Emery who has done Eddie Howe-like things with what he inherited from Steven Gerrard, the Villans are a genuine threat to the top four.

Villa will be without the man who scored twice against Newcastle last month

Therefore it stands to reason that Newcastle will be considering themselves in for a tough old time for the Premier League season opener on Saturday.

Fortunately for Newcastle, though, Emi Buendia who scored two goals against the Magpies in the Premier League Summer Series last month, will not be part of the Aston Villa squad on Saturday.

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The Midlands club today confirmed via their official site that Buendia, who Gerrard called ‘fantastic‘ last year, has suffered significant knee ligament damage after an incident in training yesterday.

Moussa Diaby will have a part to play against Newcastle

Horrible news for Buendia and Villa, and we all wish him a speedy recovery, but at the same time we can breathe a little easier knowing he won’t be on the field at St James’ Park after his performance against Newcastle in Philadelphia.

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Unai Emery still has plenty of quality players at his disposal so losing Buendia isn’t going to be an automatic pass for Newcastle by any stretch, in fact one man who I can almost guarantee is going to haunt us in some way on Saturday is Moussa Diaby.

After Diaby being said to have been top of Newcastle’s wish list for over a year, it just feels inevitable that he’s going to play some big part in the match at the weekend.

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