Aston Villa midfielder Emiliano Buendia faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a “significant knee ligament injury”.
The 26-year-old Argentina international sustained the injury during training on Wednesday.
He has undergone a scan and is set for further consultation with a knee specialist.
“Aston Villa can confirm Emi Buendia has suffered a significant knee ligament injury,” read a club statement.
Buendia has scored nine goals in 73 Premier League appearances for Villa since joining from Norwich in 2021 for a reported £33million.
His injury is major blow to manager Unai Emery, whose side begin the new season at Newcastle on Saturday and will play in the Europa Conference League this term.