Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has provided an update on Scotland star John McGinn’s recovery from injury after a major step was taken.

Before the end of 2019, McGinn fractured his ankle in an Aston Villa match against Southampton. He’s been out since but returned to training over the last few days.

Back on the grass. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

It’s non-contact for now but McGinn is getting closer to a return on the pitch. Villa boss Smith has told the club’s website the Scotland star will be pushing him for a berth against Chelsea.

“He’s nearer,” he said. “We haven’t had him in contact (training) yet but he’s been involved in possession sessions and some shape work as well.

“He is certainly getting to where we want him to be and he feels really good, which is the important thing. He’ll be pushing me for Chelsea, that’s for sure.”

Euro push

That match that McGinn may push for is next Saturday. It would be a big ask given that he’s not even in full contact training yet.

Contact is still a bit away. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

But with how determined an individual McGinn is, it’d be foolish to rule it out, but medical advice will have to be adhered to.

Scotland take on Israel on March 26 and Steve Clarke will be keen to have a midfielder who’s scored six in his last few international matches.

Aston Villa need him back for the Premier League relegation scrap whilst Scotland need him back for a Euro 2020 tilt. Hopefully McGinn gets the chance to contribute to both.

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