The festive schedule is tough on players – but Scotland’s John McGinn says he is happy to play every day after another great Aston Villa result.

Scotland’s battler turned in arguably his best performance in an Aston Villa shirt, covering every blade of grass in a 1-1 away draw with Chelsea. It keeps Dean Smith’s side in the Premier League European spots.

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John McGinn in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

After avoiding relegation last season, Aston Villa have fought at the top end of what has been a dramatic Premier League season so far. McGinn has been crucial to this, form really picking up in December.

They didn’t lose any of their games this month and head into the New Year’s Day fixture with Manchester United riding high. After two matches in three days, McGinn says he won’t complain.

Asked if he needed a rest, McGinn explained: “Not at all! I think during this tough year we as footballers have been very, very fortunate to be able to be doing what we love, to go to our work.

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Ready to scrap every day if needed after a demanding fixture run. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

“Maybe it’s a bit different with no supporters in but there are a lot of people in the country who aren’t able to go about their daily routine and their business.

“So if it means playing a game every day we’re happy to do it.”

Villa fans have been left thrilled with their humble midfielder.


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