Reo-Coker ruled out for three months
Scans confirmed the 25-year-old has suffered a stress fracture and will miss now miss a crucial stage of Villa's Premier League campaign and the Carling Cup final against Manchester United next month. Villa manager Martin O'Neill described Reo-Coker's absence as a "major blow", and added that the news regarding full-back Stephen Warnock's shin was also far from encouraging. Warnock was forced to sit out Wednesday night's goalless draw against Arsenal at Villa Park, and O'Neill said: "We have a couple of injury problems - Nigel and Stephen in particular. "Nigel will be out for some considerable time - it's turned out to be a stress fracture - so he might miss 12 weeks. That's a major blow to us. "News on Stephen is not fantastic either, but we'll see."