McGinn has been a key player for Villa when fit but Dean Smith’s side are currently fighting to survive in the Premier League. Aston Villa sit 19th in England’s top flight and have missed the Scotland international throughout 2020 after he fractured his ankle last year.
For Scotland it is a major boost. They play Israel five days after McGinn’s reported return date, a game which the winner of will progress from to take on Norway or Serbia for a place at Euro 2020.
What Steve Clarke does with this, should McGinn return against Newcastle, will be interesting. He’s been a big player for the national team in recent times but will be lacking match sharpness.
That’s combined with other Scottish midfielders currently enjoying good seasons. Scott McTominay, John Fleck, Callum McGregor, Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Jack and perhaps Billy Gilmour are just some of the names who’ll fancy their chances of making Clarke’s XI.
But McGinn has scored six goals in his last three international matches. He’s been the star of Clarke’s show in recent times and will be a miss if he doesn’t get the chance to help Scotland reach its first major tournament since 1998.
Tartan Army members will have their eyes on Aston Villa in the coming weeks, waiting and perhaps hoping for McGinn’s return.