Alan Hutton suffered a worrying knee injury during Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
The former Scotland international was forced off after seven minutes at the Bet365 Stadium, with winger Albert Adomah taking his place in the team.
Dean Smith confirmed that the assessment of the 34-year-old’s injury ‘doesn’t look good’ as Villa are now waiting on how long he could be on the sidelines for.
This is is what Smith said about Hutton as posted on the club’s official Twitter account:
🗣 Dean Smith on Alan Hutton's early departure from the action this afternoon…
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) February 23, 2019
It is looking highly likely that the experienced right-back could have suffered a season-ending injury, and if that is the case, then it could mean the end of his Villa career.
Hutton’s current deal at Villa Park expires in the summer [transfermarkt] and considering his age, he may not be offered a new deal, especially with Smith looking at youngsters to re-build his squad.
Added with that, he has struggled at full-back during this campaign, with his defensive positioning and the pace of the game being evidently problematic for him.
Either way, many Villa supporters will remember him in a fond manner, particularly his stunning goal against bitter rivals Birmingham City earlier on in the season.
Hutton’s solo run, where he beat numerous Blues players before calmly slotting the ball home in the second half towards the Holte End, is a strike that will go down in second city folklore and remain in the memories of Villa fans in years to come.