Aston Villa vs HSK Zrinjski Mostar: Villa team news as two doubtful and four injured for European clash

Unai Emery has a few injury issues to deal with ahead of his side's first home game in the Europa Conference League. (Getty Images)
Unai Emery has a few injury issues to deal with ahead of his side's first home game in the Europa Conference League. (Getty Images)

Aston Villa will look to bounce back from their European defeat to Legia Warszawa as they play host to Bosnian outfit HSK Zrinjski Mostar in their second Europa Conference League match.

The fixture marks Villa’s first European tie at home since the days of Martin O’Neil and the West Midlands outfit are currently viewed as the bookmakers favourites to win the entire tournament.

Unai Emery’s men have had a mixed start to the campaign which has seen them comfortably beat the likes of Everton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Brighton in the league. But they have also suffered disappointing losses to Newcastle, Liverpool, Legia Warszawa and more recently Everton in the Carabao Cup.

Villa’s most recent performance proved to be the best of the season so far and they recorded a resounding 6-1 victory over high-flying Brighton in the Premier League.

The Villains enter the fixture high on confidence and they have a manager who has enjoyed his fair share of success in European tournaments in the past with both Villarreal and Sevilla.

However, the demands of European competitions can often test a team’s squad depth and Villa are no exception as they are currently dealing with a host of injury issues.

With that in mind we have rounded up all of the latest injury news ahead of Villa’s European clash.

Moussa Diaby

Moussa Diaby was subbed off during the 6-1 win over Brighton with a slight knock. He is still hopeful of starting in the Europa Conference League but could face a late fitness check.

Possible return: Zrinski (5 October)

Boubacar Kamara

Boubac Kamara also left the field at the end of Villa’s victory over Brighton, but he is expected to play a part in Emery’s team for the upcoming European test.

He also faces a late fitness test ahead of the game against Zrinski.

Possible return: Zrinski (5 October)

Alex Moreno

Alex Moreno was a key component of Villa’s revival last season and he firmly established himself as the club’s first choice left back at the end of last season.

However, he is currently carrying an injury which will likely leave him out for a further two weeks and he is not expected to return until after the international break against West Ham.

Possible return: West Ham (22 October)

Leon Bailey

Leon Bailey limped off with an injury during Villa’s shock cup defeat to Everton and he is currently making his way back to fitness.

He is likely to return after the international break in two weeks time against West Ham.

Possible return: West Ham (22 October)

Tyrone Mings

Tyrone Mings is a huge leader at the heart of the defence and his injury against Newcastle on the opening day came as a huge blow.

Mings is likely to miss a number of months and an exact timescale on his return has not yet been determined.

Possible return: Unknown

Emi Buendia

Emi Buendia was often seen as key game changer from the subs bench towards the end of last season, but he looks set to have a lengthy period on the sidelines after a pre-season injury.

The exact timing of his return has not yet been revealed.

Possible return: Unknown