Villa's Okore ruled out for nine months

Aston Villa defender Jores Okore will be sidelined for up to nine months after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage.

Okore limped off after half an hour of Villa's 2-1 defeat by Newcastle on Saturday following an innocuous collision with Newcastle striker Loic Remy.

He was sent for an MRI scan, which revealed the Côte d'Ivoire-born star had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The 21-year-old Denmark international was signed from Nordsjaelland for £4m in the close-season, but may not play again for the rest of the current campaign.

A Villa statement read: "Following clinical examination and the results of an MRI scan, the club can confirm that Jores Okore sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in the game against Newcastle on Saturday.

"Jores will undergo surgery in due course and he could be sidelined for a period of up to nine months."