Aston Villa have provided the latest team news ahead of our clash with Leeds Utd at home on Friday night.
Unai Emery will be hoping to see us get back to winning ways following our disappointing defeat to Stevenage in the FA Cup last time out, while we salvaged a draw against Wolves prior to that in back-to-back below-par performances.
With the full focus now on the Premier League for the remainder of the campaign and specifically climbing the standings, a win over Leeds would provide a timely lift for the squad, but it will certainly be a difficult challenge.
Ahead of the encounter, Villa have confirmed the latest updates on the injury front via Twitter, with John McGinn ruled out for a third consecutive game as he continues to recover from the hamstring injury that he sustained in our win over Tottenham on New Year’s Day.
Further, it’s added that Matty Cash is a doubt after he appeared to pick up a groin problem during the defeat to Stevenage and was replaced in the second half, and so it remains to be seen if he can recover in time for this game or if he’ll sit out too.
Jacob Ramsey returned on Sunday from an injury of his own and so he could now be set to fill the role on the right side of midfield where McGinn was being used, while Ashley Young is the likely candidate to step in if Cash isn’t available.
Meanwhile, Villa have finally provided official news on Diego Carlos, who has been on a lengthy rehabilitation and recovery journey after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon back in August.
As per the same tweet from the club, the Brazilian defender is said to be improving, but he’s still a month or two away from being available to Emery to make his comeback.
It’s positive that he’s doing well and making progress, and it’s just hoped that he can stay on track now and avoid any late setbacks in what must have been a testing and frustrating period already having sustained the setback so soon into his time with us.