Aston Villa’s survival bid suffers big blow with Matt Targett injury news

Aston Villa's survival bid has been hit by a big blow with left-back Matt Targett facing up to three weeks out.

The £12million signing from Southampton a year ago was forced off 10 minutes into Saturday's 1-0 loss to Wolves.

It was the third time this term the attacking full-back has had hamstring trouble.

Mirror Sport understands Targett,24, is now expected to be sidelined two-three weeks.

The former England U21 defender is set to miss Villa's crunch games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

And potentially also Everton too on July 15 as Villa fight relegation in their remaining six games.

It is another headache for boss Dean Smith, whose side are 19th in the Premier League.

Villa are yet to win in four games since the re-start and visit champions Liverpool on Sunday on the back of a nine-game winless streak after also losing the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City.

Targett has made 28 starts for Villa in all competitions this term.

He has linked up well on the left with skipper Jack Grealish as the pair know each from international duty.

But Targett was previously subbed on his debut against Crewe in August and Watford in December with minor hamstring tears.

Experienced Welsh international full-back Neil Taylor,31, came on to deputise against Wolves but he is not as quick as Targett.

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Smith said: “Matt just felt his hamstring tighten, he wanted to give it a go but he could still feel it so we made sure that we got him off quickly.

"Neil Taylor did really well when he came on, so that’s pleasing for us."

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