“He’s had a scan and he’ll be missing for up to 16 weeks,” Gerrard said.
“When someone leaves the pitch and you see the challenge very close to you, you fear that it could be an ACL and a six to nine-month injury.
“Thankfully, it wasn’t. It’s an injury quite similar to [Marvelous] Nakamba’s and we managed to get him back after 14 weeks.”
With Villa playing their final game of the season on Sunday, Gerrard admits that, although a tough one to take, the timing is at least beneficial.
“If you are going to sustain an injury as a player, it’s not the worst time in the world – even though there’s never a good time – because he won’t miss much football.”
The Premier League returns on the weekend of 5-7 August, approximately 11 and a half weeks away.
Gerrard on Konsa, rotation and Burnleypublished at 14:15 18 May
14:15 18 May
Steven Gerrard has been speaking to the media before Aston Villa's game against Burnley on Thursday.
Here are the key lines from his news conference:
Ezri Konsa will be out for “up to 16 weeks” after a scan confirmed he picked up a knee injury against Crystal Palace. “It’s not the worst time in the world if you are going to sustain an injury because he won’t miss football," said Gerrard. "Thankfully, it’s not an ACL injury.”
He said he has tried to keep “freshness” by rotating players: “I’ve got to get the balance right. We’ve been more than fair with the opportunities we’ve given people, and we've tried to look at everyone. We’ll do the same over the next two games to put sides out that are capable of getting points.”
On the final home game of the season: “We want to send our supporters away happy and satisfied. They’ve been incredible since I walked in the door. We won’t see them for some time so it’s important that we send them away in the right place."
He vowed to leave “no stone unturned” to improve the team: “We know where we are, we know what we need to do and we know where these players need support. We’re working tirelessly to improve the squad to make sure we’re more competitive next year.”
On Burnley: “I’m not sure how they’re going to approach it - whether in terms of a 'must-win game', or if they want a point. But I do know they will be all in and will empty it at Villa Park, so we’ll definitely respect that."
Aston Villa v Burnley: Head-to-head recordpublished at 12:12 17 May
12:12 17 May
Following their 3-1 win at Turf Moor earlier this month, Aston Villa are looking to complete their first league double over Burnley since the 1925-26 campaign. They won 10-0 against them at Villa Park that season, their joint-biggest margin of victory in their Football League history.
Burnley have lost just one of their past seven away league games against Villa (W3 D3), going down 5-2 in February 2010. They’re unbeaten in their past three league visits to Villa Park, only having a longer run without defeat there once (four games between 1930 and 1947).
Villa have won their final home league game in the past two seasons, beating Arsenal 1-0 in 2019-20 and Chelsea 2-1 last term. They last won their final home game in three consecutive campaigns between 2000-01 and 2002-03.
The Clarets have lost their final away league game in four of the past five seasons, winning the other against already relegated Norwich City in 2019-20.
Transfer news: Villa leading race for Leeds' Phillipspublished at 07:12 17 May
Frustration is a word that tends to feature all too regularly in Steven Gerrard’s vocabulary since taking over at Aston Villa - and it was virtually the first word to pass his lips when I spoke to him afterwards.
It’s true that they created more than enough opportunities to win the game, but Emi Martinez also made crucial saves at vital times, so Villa by no means had it all their own way.
Philippe Coutinho seemed to be trying too hard to make an impact, after tying up his permanent move to Villa Park a few days earlier, but Danny Ings could, and should, have had a couple of goals by half-time.
After spurning those opportunities, however, irritant-in-chief Wilfried Zaha may well have given Palace the advantage - and, if he’d stopped trying to referee the game himself and goad the home fans, then he might have had a more telling influence.
John McGinn, playing on the left of Villa’s midfield three, was the pass-picker, the defence-splitter, and but for the profligacy of others, could well have had an assist or two to his name.
But on the day that Villa were lauding their greatest ever team – the 1982 European Cup winners – the result, if not the overall performance, gave the powers that be an indication of just how much investment, not withstanding Coutinho’s arrival, is still needed, to have them mentioned in the same breath as those juggernauts now ploughing relentlessly on in the higher echelons of the Premier League, while Villa’s “class of 2022” seem destined for another mid-table, but bottom-half finish.
A huge summer beckons for Gerrard and co.
Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace: Pick of the statspublished at 08:36 16 May
08:36 16 May
Aston Villa drawing 1-1 is the sixth most common exact score line in Premier League history (130), while the Villans have had that result at least 25 more times than they’ve had any other in the competition (0-0, 105 times).
Jeffrey Schlupp has now scored five Premier League goals as a substitute for Crystal Palace, with no player netting more such goals for the Eagles (Dwight Gayle also 5).
Villa’s opener after 69 minutes came from their first shot on target of the match.
Palace have drawn 15 league games this season, their most ever in a 20-team league, and most in a single top-flight campaign since 1992-93 (16).
A 'special day' at Villa Parkpublished at 07:49 16 May
Was a huge honour to welcome the greats of ‘82 back to Villa Park; a legendary group of players in the clubs history. Was a real shame we couldn’t hold on to the lead in the end and grind out a win but a special day regardless 💜 pic.twitter.com/rKqYeAvmMg
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Nothing to separate top-10 hopefuls Villa and Palacepublished at 07:06 16 May
07:06 16 May
Harry Poole, BBC Sport
In a meeting between two teams hoping to end their Premier League campaigns on a high by securing a top-half finish, neither Aston Villa nor Crystal Palace were able to take everything they wanted from an even encounter at Villa Park.
Villa manager Steven Gerrard called on his side to be "more ruthless and clinical" following the match, after Danny Ings missed three decent first-half chances and Ollie Watkins went close to grabbing a late winner.
Patrick Vieira certainly appeared the more pleased with a point at full-time, having watched his team respond through substitute Jeffrey Schlupp after falling behind to a goal they, in his eyes, "didn't deserve to concede".
The Eagles are now unbeaten in four matches and require four points from their final two games to match their highest Premier League points tally of 49 in an encouraging first season under Vieira.
Villa, meanwhile, have lost just once in their past five games, to ensure they also retain outside hopes of sneaking into the final top 10 with two games to go.
'It's fantastic he wants to be a part of this journey'published at 15:29 13 May
15:29 13 May
Steven Gerrard believes Philippe Coutinho will "go up another level" following his agreement to join Aston Villa permanently.
The Brazil attacking midfielder has scored four goals in 16 matches since his arrival at Villa Park, including the equaliser against Manchester United in a 2-2 draw on his debut.
"I was aware a little bit before it was announced yesterday, and I think it’s fantastic news for everyone connected with the club - most importantly the supporters," Gerrard said.
"The reaction has been very positive because you’ve seen over the last five months he's played very well. There’s still loads left in him, in our opinion.
"To have him here full-time and settled, he’ll go up another level - because that feeling of knowing where he’s going to be playing his football for the next four years will help him settle.
"He’s a player who needs to feel wanted; he needs to feel support. Everyone has played a part – me, the coaching staff, all the support staff and, most importantly, the owners, Christian Purslow and Johan Lange have made him feel really special.
"That’s where the decision’s come from. He feels really happy here and it’s fantastic that he wants to be part of this journey."
Gerrard on team news, Coutinho and finishing the seasonpublished at 14:36 13 May
14:36 13 May
Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has been speaking to the media before his side host Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Here are the key lines:
There was some good news for Villa as Gerrard confirmed Jacob Ramsey is back in training and "looking good, looking strong".
However, striker Ollie Watkins has not trained since the Liverpool match on Tuesday, though Gerrard did not rule him out.
He was full of praise for Philippe Coutinho following the deal to sign the Brazilian on a permanent deal: "Phil is very humble, he is extremely professional and he sets standards on a daily basis."
Gerrard also gave credit to the club for helping Coutinho settle in when he joined on loan in January: "He is a player who needs to feel wanted and feel support, and everyone at Villa has played their part."
Despite Villa already guaranteeing their place in the Premier League next season, Gerrard insisted: "There is always a purpose and an importance to every fixture. We want to finish as high as we can."