The THREE Aston Villa players ruled out of Newcastle United clash - with another a ‘serious doubt’

A look at Aston Villa’s injury and suspension list ahead of their trip to Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.

Aston Villa are missing up to three senior players for the trip to Newcastle United on Sunday - including Ezri Konsa.

The central defender was sent off after receiving two yellow cards during Villa’s 3-3 draw with Leeds United on Wednesday evening.

Konsa’s red card came in the 87th-minute after he stopped Illan Meslier from throwing the ball out to one of his Leeds United teammates.

It is the 24-year-old’s second red card of the Premier League campaign, which will see him miss games against the Magpies and Watford.

Callum Chambers, a January signing from Arsenal, is heavily tipped as the man to step in for Konsa.

A further two Aston Villa players ruled out

As well as Konsa, Bertrand Traore, who scored against Newcastle at Villa Park last season, is a fresh injury concern after picking up a hamstring injury.

The winger had only just returned from the African Cup of Nations with Burkina Faso.

“Unfortunately, we’re going to lose Berto for a few weeks,” Gerrard revealed.

“He’s got a hamstring injury off the back of the Afcon which I’m frustrated about.”

Traore joins Marvelous Nakamba in the treatment room, who is sidelined with a long-term knee injury.

Emi Buendia a ‘serious doubt’

Attacking midfielder Emi Buendia has been tagged as a “serious doubt” after he took a blow to the hip during the draw with Leeds.

“Emi’s slightly different because he has had some contact, he had a big whack in his hip area which is really sore.

“He’s certainly a big doubt right now, but we’re hoping with some treatment and some good recovery days that maybe he’s got an outside chance.

“At the moment, he’s a serious doubt.”

Philippe Coutinho ‘fine’, Leon Bailey set for return

Some good news for Villa - and perhaps bad for Newcastle - is Philippe Coutinho is expected to feature despite suffering with cramp in midweek.

Gerrard explained: “Phil Coutinho’s fine. He got a bit of cramp in a few different areas, and he tired a lot – he gave a lot to the game.

“In terms of being available for Newcastle, I’m sure he’ll be fine with a couple of recovery days.”

Meanwhile, Leon Bailey could take up a position on the Villa bench after recovering from a thigh problem that has kept him out since December.