Remi Garde admits Jordan Amavi has “some hard times ahead” but the Aston Villa boss will give his current players a chance to step up before dipping into the January transfer market.
Amavi has been ruled out for the season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury while on international duty for France Under-21s.
The left-back has been one of the few bright spots for Villa this term, but new boss Garde will look to find a replacement for the 21-year-old from within his new squad.
Kieran Richardson, Joleon Lescott and Ciaran Clark can all move to full-back, while Garde admits Amavi will find his recovery hard going.
“It’s a big blow for everybody because Jordan has done very well,” Garde told AVTV.
“We cannot do anything else now. He will have surgery and a long recovery. It’s the first time for him.
“I had a chat with him because he’s going to have some hard times ahead.
“As a team we have to react. Some others will have a chance to play and we’ll see if we need someone else in a few months.”