Sherwood fears for starlet Traore

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is worried Adama Traore's pace is making him a marked man after the winger was injured on Tuesday night.

The unconvincing Villans needed extra-time to overcome League Two outfit Notts County in the second round of the Capital One Cup in midweek, with 120 minutes eventually finishing 5-3 to the Premier League side.

The bad news was Traore, who signed just last week from Spanish giants Barcelona and scored the first equaliser this week, had to be taken off after just 60 minutes after picking up an injury to his ankle.

The pacey forward was fouled several times throughout the encounter and Sherwood is more than a little concerned this will be many team's default setting when attempting to limit his influence on the game.

"The negative is that Adama got injured," Sherwood told Sky Sports. "The only way to stop him at the minute is to kick him. He's a marked man. He will have to get used to it.

"It doesn't looked good to be honest. He took a heavy knock – I thought it was a bad tackle. It was his ankle.

"He's a real talent. It's too soon to tell how serious but he's packed in ice and hobbling around."

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