Marvelous Nakamba is sidelined with a knee injury, the Zimbabwean undergoing successful surgery having been substituted from the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool a couple of weekends ago.
He became a key player for Gerrard, impressing since the Liverpool legend’s move to Villa from Rangers at the start of last month.
Axel Tuanzebe filled in as a defensive midfielder for the final few minutes of the 2-0 win at Norwich City last week with Gerrard getting a look at the Manchester United loanee in the position with the 24 year-old a centre-back by trade.
Douglas Luiz can play at the base of a three-man midfield but has shown his position is one side of a traditional defensive midfielder, and the same can be said for John McGinn.
The Mirror report that Gerrard has been given the ‘green light’ to bring in a new midfielder in January due to the importance of that position in his system.
Gerrard is said to have asked sporting director Johan Lange to look at possible targets to replace Nakamba.
The Villa boss was coy on any potential January movement in light of the injury to Nakamba, who is expected to be out for up to four months.
“I don’t think I’ll be giving anything away in terms of potential targets or areas I want to improve in,” Gerrard said.
“I think you’ll have to just wait and see what we do. At the moment the transfer window is shut, so the focus is currently on what we have available as of now.
“We have players capable of playing in that six position. We’re not in an emergency situation.”
Villa could find it tricky to recruit any potential players given the extent of the coronavirus outbreaks on teams.
It is expected that clubs will keep players they would usually allow to leave in the event they are needed to fill in.