A report has claimed that John McGinn will be rested when Aston Villa take on Liverpool in Carabao Cup action (Scottish Daily Mail, page 75, 17/12/19).

It claims that the Scotland international has been playing through the pain barrier for weeks. In the 2-0 win over Newcastle, McGinn was in ‘considerable discomfort’ according to the report.

Pain game. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

McGinn is said to be having painkilling injections just to get through matches at the moment.

Stems back to Scotland

This all comes from the last international break. It’s claimed that the Scots midfielder picked up a tear to his thigh muscle, but he’s not let that affect his minutes at Villa Park.

Whilst featuring in every match since that tear was supposedly found, McGinn’s not been taking part in full training sessions. It was only last week he resumed normal training regimes according to the report.

Aston Villa look set to rest McGinn (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Villa will use the cup match with Liverpool as a chance for him to get some rest. The midfielder has established himself as one of their most important players this term, scoring three goals.

Hopefully this small break will provide some seemingly needed pain relief for him.

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