Pau Torres injury: Unai Emery issues update after Villa beat Forest

Unai Emery has revealed Pau Torres was suffering from a ‘small pain’ during Aston Villa’s 4-2 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

 

A double from Douglas Luiz, plus goals from Ollie Watkins and Leon Bailey sealed the three points for Villa, who remain fourth in the Premier League but now five points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham.

 

However, Villa were dealt a blow as Torres was forced off at half time and replaced by Callum Chambers.

 

Torres now has a week to recover before Villa travel to Luton Town in the Premier League next Saturday.

 

‘He had a small pain, hopefully not injured,’ Emery said after Villa beat Forest.

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‘We decided not to take a risk with him. He was progressively feeling worse but not feeling really injured.

 

‘Of course, when Calum Chambers stayed here after the transfer window, I told him, ‘you are here now to help us practice and in case we need you, you need to be ready to play’.

 

‘He played the second half and he was very important. The team felt in the second half after the first 15 minutes comfortable and dominating the match as well with him.’

 

‘I think now with Leon Bailey, he is more consistent. He’s playing more consistently at home and still has work to do away.

 

‘But of course we are trying with him to support, to help him try to set him in his best position and try to take a commitment defensively as well, like we need and he’s doing that and has been really positive.

 

‘He’s using his qualities and skills through the team as well with Tielemans, Watkins, Cash and John McGinn in those combinations on the pitch. He’s getting better.

 

‘We’ve still got a lot work to do with him but his progress is being positive and for us is very important because he’s a scoring goal, doing assists.

 

But still work to do and of course, I will push him to be more consistent even away from home.’

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