Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has provided an update on when Scotland star John McGinn might be back in action.

The battler has been missing since suffering a fractured ankle in late December against Southampton. It’s left him in a race against time to be fit for Scotland’s Euro 2020 schedule next month.

Race against time. (Photo by Paul Harding – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

In a reassuring update though, Smith has suggested that his return won’t be too far away. There is a bit of personal disappointment for the ex-Hibs man.

“He’s out of the boot, he’s been out of it for the last week or two,” Smith told Aston Villa’s website. “He’s pushing the medical staff all the time to hasten his recovery. He’s a really, really energetic person as well as a player.

“He’s well liked around the place and he’ll be pushing me to try and get back for that cup final. But I think it’ll be a week or two later than that, but it won’t be for the want of trying with John.

A hopeful McGinn upate. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

“And the added bonus for us is it’s like having a brand new signing coming into the team at a really important time.”

Assuring update from Aston Villa boss

It’s a boost for Scotland if McGinn is back. In his last six international matches, he has scored seven. The midfielder’s turned into a talisman in recent times and is vital for Steve Clarke’s side.

It’ll be disappointing for McGinn to miss a big Aston Villa day out at Wembley. One assurance from this update is that it may be as early as two weeks following the Carabao Cup final that McGinn returns.

A return coming soon? (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

That would ensure a return to action against Newcastle on March 21st, potentially even against Chelsea seven days previous. Whatever the case, it would be a return before the Scotland play-off on March 26th.

Clarke and the Tartan Army will hope that is the case as Scotland push for a Euro 2020 spot.

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