Aston Villa defender Calum Chambers is hopeful of facing his former club Arsenal


Aston Villa defender Calum Chambers is hopeful of facing his former club Arsenal – despite needing stitches from a facial injury he sustained in West Ham defeat

  • Calum Chambers is hoping to feature for Aston Villa against former club Arsenal
  • The defender was involved in a tussle with West Ham United’s Craig Dawson
  • Chambers needed stitches for his facial injury, but is keen to be fit in time  

Calum Chambers is hopeful of being fit for Aston Villa’s clash with former club Arsenal despite needing stitches in a facial injury.

The defender was involved in a tussle with West Ham’s Craig Dawson, described by Villa boss Steven Gerrard as a ‘forearm smash’, which required repairs after the Hammers won a bruising encounter 2-1.

Chambers is not the only injury fear for Gerrard as he tries to improve his side’s poor record against teams above them in the table, with Arsenal arriving at Villa Park after five straight wins.

Calum Chambers is hopeful of being fit for Aston Villa’s clash with former club Arsenal

Lucas Digne is likely to be absent for at least three weeks after damaging a hamstring at the London Stadium while midfielder Douglas Luiz is also doubt as he too suffered a facial injury.

Ninth-placed Villa have lost nine of their 11 matches this season against the current top eight and Gerrard will be backed in the transfer market this summer as the club try to bridge the gap to the elite.

The former Rangers manager has targeted a centre-back, a holding midfielder and a wide attacker before the start of next season, with Sportsmail reporting last Saturday that England international Kalvin Phillips will be prominent in their thinking, especially if Leeds are relegated.

The defender was involved in a tussle with West Ham United's Craig Dawson on the weekend

The defender was involved in a tussle with West Ham United’s Craig Dawson on the weekend

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