By Dr Rajpal Brar

24th Jul, 2023 | 5:10pm

Physios focus revealed as Aston Villa defender Alex Moreno to miss start of 2023/24 season - Injury Expert

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The Aston Villa physios will look to progressively increase Alex Moreno’s adaptability as he recovers from injury, claims Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert has reacted as the left-back’s hamstring setback will lead to him missing the start of the 2023/24 season.

Unai Emery claimed that the Spanish defender, 30, would be out for “two to three months” and expected to return around the beginning of the season. [BBC Sport, 26 May]

Speaking about his extended absence, Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, told Villa News, “His recovery will be like any other recovery – their physio team will progressively increase his strength and mobility training while layering in more football-specific movements.

“Light training is certainly a part of that and then you progress to more intense training, particularly as other players are returning from pre-season.”

Reliable injury news website Premier Injuries claims that he will not be back until 19 August which is another month later.

Villa’s season begins on 12 August against Newcastle and the 30-year-old is unlikely to be thrown right back into the team.

As he currently remains injured, he is not part of the regular pre-season training or matches like the rest of his teammates.

Moreno made 19 Premier League appearances for Villa last season, having joined from Real Betis in the January transfer window.

In other Aston Villa news, a first-team ace has emerged as the “Master of the Dark Arts” for Unai Emery and has become the club’s most underrated player.