International Break Injuries
With Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn already pulling out of the Scottish international squad due to a calf injury (hopefully just as a precautionary measure) earlier this week, Dean Smith will be a little concerned to see his captain, James Chester, leave the field injured in Wales’ 2-1 defeat tonight against Denmark.
The extent of his injury isn’t fully known at this stage, but after taking a knock to the knee, at least Chester walked off the pitch (see picture below), so over a week’s recovery time until the Blues derby maybe enough.
While the UEFA Nations League is a more competitive competition than the token international friendlies they largely replaced, there’s still the feeling that players won’t be overexerted.
So, potentially players are unlikely to be asked to struggle on or try to shake a knock off.
— My Old Man Said (@oldmansaid) November 16, 2018
Trio in the Wars
Chester makes it three players that are currently injured from the Villa XI that started in the 3-0 win at Derby County. Welsh left-back Neil Taylor, left the Derby game at half-time and wasn’t fit enough to join the Welsh squad for their double-header in the international break.
Villa would be able to accommodate the loss of Taylor, with Alan Hutton switching to the left, but Chester and McGinn will be bigger concerns.
Hopefully, they’ll be good news early next week, when more information on the state of the injuries will no doubt surface.