Aston Villa could be set to be dealt a major blow, with John McGinn looking likely to miss a prolonged period of football.
The Scottish midfielder limped off yesterday as Villa lost to Southampton. McGinn fell awkwardly on his ankle and looked in agony leaving the field.
Any injury to McGinn will be a bitter blow to the Villans. He has been front and central to everything good about Dean Smith’s men this season.
However, following the game, Smith confirmed that things aren’t looking too promising for the Scot.
“It doesn’t look good,” Smith said (Birmingham Mail).
“He’s gone for an X-Ray so I don’t know. It doesn’t look good. He got his studs caught in the turf. The ref got in Wesley’s way, John gets frustrated and starts chasing the ball. It’s an ankle (injury).”
Barring maybe Jack Grealish, no player is as important to Aston Villa than McGinn.
He’s scored three goals this season and provided two assists. He’s also started every game and will take some replacing if he is to miss a lengthy period.
Furthermore, besides his goal threat, he is key in keeping Villa ticking over. His energy from midfield drives his team on.
John McGinn was just settling into being one of the Premier League’s best midfielders. If he is to miss a long period, it will be a bitter blow to both the player and the club.
What a blow this will be for Villa. McGinn has been nothing short of superb this season. There’s even been talk of Manchester United sniffing around him.
Villa are struggling enough as it is. Losing their best players, then, is not what they need right now.
Therefore, fans will be sitting and waiting all day for news on John McGinn. But, as Smith alluded too, it does not look promising for their star man.