Dean Smith has delivered another positive update on John McGinn as the Aston Villa and Scotland battler’s return from injury edges closer.
Over the last couple of weeks, updates on McGinn have become more and more frequent. The news has also been mostly positive as a return to fitness beckons following a fractured ankle.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa manager Smith has provided yet another good update. He says that McGinn will push himself all the way to be fit for Villa’s Carabao Cup final with Manchester City a week on Sunday.
“He’s nearly 100 per cent,” Smith said. “He’s done loads of pool work and he’s just started to do some hopping as well, so once he gets onto the grass and running, he’ll be fine. There’s always been a connection from those sort of injuries from the brain to the leg and once the brain is OK with it, he’ll be flying.
“’ll probably ask John McGinn about his fitness for the cup final next Sunday and, at this moment in time, he’ll say ‘no’, but you ask him on the Thursday and he’ll say he’s got a chance. That’s the way John McGinn is!
“People talk about him being a £50m, £60m player, any squad is going to miss that type of player.”
Scotland will watch with vested interest
McGinn has been missing since before the turn of the year. He fractured his ankle in a match against Southampton and hasn’t been able to play since.
Signs and updates seem to indicate that the Scotland international could be back in early March, a huge boost for national team boss Steve Clarke. Scotland face Israel on March 26th.
The winner of that will go on to play Norway or Serbia for a place in this summer’s Euro 2020 competition. For Clarke, having a midfielder who’s scored six goals in his last three internationals will be key.
He’ll be hoping McGinn is back for Villa sooner rather than later.