A big boost for Aston Villa
Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn is set to make another big step in his recovery this weekend, with his side desperately in need of his quality.
McGinn was brilliant during the early months of the season, and earned rave reviews.
In his 18 appearances, McGinn scored three goals and assisted two, as well as bringing some balance to the Villa midfield.
However, the Scotsman suffered a fractured ankle just before Christmas, in a clash with Southampton.
With Villa embroiled in a relegation battle, they’ve sorely missed McGinn in the middle of the park.
The Villans sit just one point above the relegation zone, and play Southampton, Leicester and Chelsea in their next three league games.
But, Dean Smith has given a positive injury update on McGinn, which will excite the Villa fans.
McGinn to train on grass for the first time this weekend
Speaking ahead of the reverse fixture with Southampton this weekend, Smith revealed that McGinn will train on grass for the first time over the weekend.
‘John McGinn has been running on the AlterG (zero-gravity treadmill) at 85 per cent body weight,’ Smith explained, as quoted by the Mail.
‘He’s looking to be running on the grass come the weekend. His return will be looked at day-by-day to see how he continues his rehabilitation.’
Unfortunately, there is still no indication of when McGinn will be back on the pitch.
However, he’s taken another big step in his recovery, and could be back in the Villa squad soon enough.
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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has also provided an injury update this week.
His relates to Sofiane Boufal, Nathan Redmond and Kyle Walker-Peters.