Dean Smith says that the early signs don’t look good for John McGinn after he was taken off seven minutes into Aston Villa’s match with Southampton.

The Villa Park side lost 3-1 to the Saints on home soil and McGinn’s injury only added insult to injury. He’s been a vital part of their team over the past two campaigns.

John McGinn has picked up a sore one. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

After being helped off with an ankle injury though, Villa boss Smith has provided a worrying injury update on the Scotland international.

“He has gone for an X-ray, it doesn’t look good,” Smith told the BBC. “He got his studs caught in the turf. We will wait and see.”

McGinn injury adds to Clarke worries

Steve Clarke will be hoping the injury isn’t as serious as Smith’s making it out to be. McGinn has been a vital player for him on the international front, scoring seven goals in nine games.

Scotland’s main man right now. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

Scotland take on Israel in March during Euro 2020 play-off action. The winner of that game will then play Norway or Serbia for a place in next summer’s major tournament. It would be the first time Scotland have made a major tournament since 1998.

McGinn’s worries only adds to Clarke’s. He’ll already be likely to miss Kieran Tierney for the matches after the Arsenal left-back picked up a bad shoulder injury.

Hopefully McGinn’s knock isn’t as bad as initial comments would suggest.

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