Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has been ruled out for "eight to nine months" by an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The club revealed the 20-year-old will undergo surgery on his right knee after suffering the injury playing for their under-21 side against Stoke on Wednesday.
The problem rules Gardner out for almost the entire season with him expected to be back in late April at the earliest.
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