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Gabby Agbonlahor Injury: Updates on Aston Villa Star's Status and Return

Gabriel Agbonlahor in action for Aston Villa.
Gabriel Agbonlahor in action for Aston Villa.Scott Heppell/Associated Press
Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 18, 2014

Gabriel Agbonlahor departed Aston Villa's Premier League game against Liverpool on Saturday evening in the 49th minute with a knock.

The club's official Twitter account confirmed the news:

The striker was replaced by Villa new-boy Grant Holt, signed this week from Wigan on loan.

The substitution was not exactly a like-for-like change, but Villa boss Paul Lambert will change to a more pragmatic style and ask targetman Holt to hold the ball up and ensure his side come away from Anfield without defeat.

However, moments after Agbonlahor was substituted, Liverpool won a penalty through Luis Suarez, which Steven Gerrard scored, levelling the score at 2-2, after Villa had previously led 2-0.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert.Sang Tan/Associated Press

Agbonlahor had been influential for Villa, setting up both of their first-half goals. First, Andreas Weimann converted his low cross, then Christian Benteke stooped to head home another cross from the right by the former England international.

Agbonlahor was Villa's counter-attacking outlet against Liverpool, and they failed to break with the same speed and invention after his departure.

There is no official word on his injury from the club, but they will hope it is not serious as they have a run of winnable games coming up against fellow strugglers West Brom, West Ham and Cardiff.

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