(Reuters) - Aston Villa's new signing Diego Carlos is facing an extended spell on the sidelines with a ruptured Achilles tendon that will require him to undergo surgery, the Premier League club said on Monday.
Villa signed the 29-year-old defender from LaLiga side Sevilla for a reported fee of 26 million pounds ($31.38 million) in the close season transfer window.
"The player sustained the injury during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Everton," Villa said in a statement. "The player will require surgery and will then begin his rehabilitation programme."
The club did not provide a timeline for the Brazilian's return.
Villa, who are ninth in the Premier League table, travel to face Crystal Palace on Aug. 20.
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(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)