Explained: Why Unai Emery hooked Moussa Diaby in Aston Villa draw v Wolves
We’re delighted to welcome former Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Villa Park…
Unai Emery took Moussa Diaby out of the game when Aston Villa drew at Wolves due to his recent injury concerns, according to Alan Hutton.
Diaby, 24, was carrying a knock going into Villa’s 1-1 draw at Molineux on Sunday (8 October) and was taken off after 62 minutes, his shortest Premier League appearance of the season.
The former Bayer Leverkusen attacker has also missed out on a spot in the France squad for the current international break [L’Equipe] and Hutton hopes that the winger will be given time to rest and recuperate before domestic action resumes next week.
“If Diaby’s got some sort of niggling injury, I would have thought [the substitution] would be down to that,” Hutton told Villa News.
“He’s been an outstanding signing. He’s assisting and scoring, he’s got pace and I think he’s a really exciting player.
“You can see why Villa broke their transfer record to go and get him because he is a game-changer.
“I don’t see any problem there out with him carrying a little injury.
“Can he use this international break to settle things down and get a little bit of rest? We’ll see.”
Since joining Villa for £51.9million in the summer, Diaby has scored two goals and supplied three assists in eight Premier League appearances.
Next up for the Villans is a home clash against West Ham next Sunday (22 October) before they resume their European fixtures with a trip to AZ Alkmaar the following Thursday (26 October).
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