Aston Villa defender Matty Cash has confirmed that he will not feature for Poland in their upcoming UEFA Nations League games later this month.
Poland play two games in the September international break, on the 22nd and 25th respectively, and Cash had been a doubt given he limped off in our 1-1 draw with Man City with a hamstring problem.
While he wasn’t expected to recover in time to face Leicester City had that fixture gone ahead last weekend, he has now confirmed that he’ll miss the clash with Southampton on Friday as he won’t recover in time for international duty in two weeks time.
As per his tweet below, the 25-year-old revealed that he is ruled out of Poland’s fixtures, but he does add that his rehabilitation is going well and so it’s hoped that he’s on track to make a speedy recovery in the coming weeks.
Z powodu kontuzji nie wezmę udziału we wrześniowym zgrupowaniu reprezentacji Polski.Rehabilitacja przebiega dobrze, ale nie zdążę się wyleczyć na najbliższe mecze. Drużynie życzę powodzenia i będę trzymał kciuki za chłopaków. ❤️🇵🇱
— Matty Cash (@mattycash622) September 12, 2022
From a Villa perspective, that would mean he could potentially be in contention to return against Leeds Utd on October 2, but time will tell if the recovery continues to go smoothly and if that is a realistic target.
More will likely be known when Villa boss Steven Gerrard speaks to the media later this week, with the Premier League confirming on Monday that our game against Southampton at Villa Park on Friday night will go ahead.
However, we now know that Cash isn’t expected to feature and we’ll likely have to wait until the start of next month at the earliest to see him back in action.
Given Ashley Young’s impressive performance off the bench having replaced him against City though, time will tell if Gerrard has a selection headache on his hands by the time the Polish international returns as the versatile veteran put in an excellent shift when filling in and will undoubtedly be keen to keep his place in the starting XI.