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Smith confirms Cash’s season with Aston Villa is over after injury update

Dean Smith has confirmed that Matty Cash’s debut season in the Premier League is over after sustaining another hamstring injury.

The Aston Villa manager told Birmingham Live that the 23-year-old fullback will miss the club’s final two games of the season, with the former Championship star missing out on this weekend’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace, with the Eagles claiming a late 3-2 win.

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Smith said when asked about the latest on Cash’s injury: “Cashy will be out for the season. He’s got a recurrence of a hamstring injury which is nowhere near as bad as the one he sustained before.”

Cash has been a sensation for Villa this campaign since joining from Nottingham Forest last year, with former manager Tim Sherwood labelling the defender as ‘a revelation’ for the club on Soccer Saturday as per HITC, with the defender making 28 Premier League appearances for the Villains, keeping 11 clean sheets and assisting two goals.

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Cash’s injury problems have been an issue for Villa this season, with the Midlands club winning just one game out of the eight where the defender has not been available for selection, and two fixtures left to go, Smith can start looking towards the future of his defence in the form of playing 18-year-old right-back Kaine Kesler.

The Villa academy graduate played in the club’s FA Cup loss to Liverpool and won plaudits for his valiant performance against Jurgen Klopp’s side, and with just two games left to play in the Premier League and European football now mathematically unachievable for Smith’s side, there is nothing to lose in handing the teenage defender a start in the league.

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