Aston Villa receive injury boost with John McGinn to return for relegation scrap

John McGinn is ready to give Aston Villa the perfect boost amid crisis times both on and off the pitch.

The Scotland international midfielder will be ready to throw his weight behind Villa's relegation fight once the season gets up and running again.

The 25-year-old has missed 14 games since fracturing his left ankle against Southampton a few days before Christmas.

McGinn, one of Villa's standout performers since joining in a bargain £2.5m deal from Hibs 18 months ago had just got himself back out on the grass when the coronavirus struck.

The Glaswegian had been restricted to largely non-contact training before the big shutdown but the enforced rest and a carefully monitored home training schedule means he should be ready to play a massive part in Villa's bid to avoid relegation.

Dean Smith's men are in the bottom three and will resume on the back of a five-match losing run.

Smith told his medical staff not to rush McGinn's return for fear of a setback to one of his most crucial players.

But the Villa boss will be looking for the thumbs-up to get his influential star back up to pace for the crucial fight to avoid the drop.

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Meanwhile, Villa legend Alan Hutton has urged Dean Smith to give Callum O’Hare a chance in his first-team squad next season after his impressive loan spell with Coventry this term.

He told Football Insider: “One I’d like to see brought into the squad is Callum O’Hare. He’s went out on loan and he’s done very well, I think a lot of the fans are talking about him and I’d like to see him involved more with the squad.

“I think he deserves a crack at it. He’s done really well, by all accounts they’re trying to keep hold of him and stuff, he’s had goals and assists, he’s the main man now.

“I’ve always known he’s had ability, he’s always been a good player. Maybe people look and his size and stuff and think will he be able to hack it in the Prem?

“I think sometimes when you’re that clever in your movement and your passing, size doesn’t matter. It’s about your brain and technical ability. He’s always been a good player.”

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