Aston Villa frustration at Bertrand Traore troubles

Bertrand Traore of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Bodymoor Heath training ground on April 07, 2022 in Birmingham, England.

Steven Gerrard admits Bertrand Traore’s lack of availability has become a huge frustration after the winger was again struck down by injury.

Traore scored eight Premier League goals last season but has managed just 171 minutes of action this term due to a series of muscular injuries.

The £19million signing from Lyon was ruled out of today’s trip to Leicester after a limping out of training on Thursday with a groin issue, with Gerrard hopeful he could be back for next weekend’s vist of Norwich.

The Villa boss said: I’ve been super frustrated. I saw him in the Premier League previously and he is capable of scoring and creating.

In terms of his body this season since we came in, we haven’t been able to trust it to be available. That has been frustrating because he is a big talent.

Traore’s only start for Villa this season came in the 2-1 New Year’s Day defeat at Brentford, after which he helped guide Burkina Faso to fourth place in the Africa Cup of Nations, where he made five appearances, only to be injured on his return to the club.

Gerrard added: When we arrived at the club he was injured. We got him back fit, allowed him to go away to the Africa Cup of Nations, he came back injured. We got him back fit and on Thursday he dropped out injured. We haven’t seen enough of the boy.

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