CONFIRMED: Chelsea midfielder out injured until middle of December

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has confirmed Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, who is on a season-long loan deal at Aston Villa, will be out injured until the middle of December.

He is expected to miss Villa’s next three games, starting with Monday’s Premier League trip to West Ham.

Dean Smith said: “Ross obviously got a hamstring injury against Brighton so he’s going to be out for two or three weeks.

“Nothing more than that, it’s not as bad as what we first feared.

“He’s done a week already, obviously. We signed Ross because he’s a quality player and if you have quality players come out of your team it’s going to affect you a little bit.

“Plus we’ve got nobody similar to Ross in terms of how he plays. So it will be a loss.

“But we won our first two games without Ross as well, so we certainly haven’t lost sight of that. We’re not going to rush him because we don’t want to lose him again.”

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