Aston Villa are in the market for a new centre-half in January.
Sabah says Villa have shelved plans to sign Galatasaray stopper Christian Luyindama because he ruptured his ACL.
A €14m deal was said to be on the table for the 25-year-old ahead of the winter market.
But the injury picked up on international duty has seen it collapse.
However, it will only mean Villa seeking alternative defensive options in the coming weeks.