Why Danny Ings is absent for Aston Villa vs Wolves


Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has provided an explanation for the absence of Danny Ings from the club's squad to face Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon.

The Claret and Blue, of course, are currently locked in action at Molineux, in their return to action on the back of the international break.

Boss Gerrard, in turn, unsurprisingly opted for a strong starting XI, featuring the talents of the likes of Leon Bailey, Ollie Watkins and Philippe Coutinho:

As alluded to above, though, one key Villans star to have missed out on not only a spot in the club's latest starting line-up, but matchday squad altogether, comes in the form of Danny Ings.

Speaking in a pre-match interview at Molineux, Steven Gerrard was therefore inevitably asked for an insight into his hitman's whereabouts.

And the tactician went on to reveal that Ings' surprise omission on Saturday came owing to his partner giving birth late last night, with it having not 'made sense' to ask the former Southampton man to be part of the matchday setup as a result:

"Danny Ings has become a dad overnight, and he's had very little sleep. He had to go down to London, and we want to send our congratulations to Danny and his partner. It didn't make sense to ask him to come and be a part of it today."

Jonny on target

Turning attentions towards the action in the Midlands itself, Aston Villa currently find themselves in search of an equaliser at Molineux.

This comes after Jonny put hosts Wolves in front from close range with just seven minutes on the clock, to make it two goals in two games for the Spaniard.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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