John McGinn is relishing being back to his best after the Aston Villa and Scotland star missed a prolonged period of last season through injury, now preparing to face Leeds United.
The battler has been inspiring for club and country this term, who have both enjoyed fantastic times of late. McGinn’s next match comes this evening at Villa Park as the Villans host Leeds United.
On the international scene, McGinn is Scotland’s star man, playing a key role as Steve Clarke’s side secured a Euro 2020 play-off final spot against Serbia earlier this month.
Domestically he’s a key cog in Dean Smith’s Aston Villa midfield. They have won all four games so far this term and a win over Leeds United could make it five wins from five.
McGinn has been key to these success stories and he’s explained how his contributions have been so telling. After recovering from an ankle fracture last year, he didn’t play at full fitness post-lockdown, but now he’s back motoring.
“I knew post-lockdown that criticism would come,” said McGinn (Aston Villa). “I wasn’t going out there to play for myself, I was going out there to try and help Villa stay in the league.
“The manager knew that, I knew that and everyone around me knew that I wasn’t going to be anywhere near the player I know I can be.
“The main thing at the time was not for me, it was if I could bring 60-70% of what I can be and maybe pop up with a goal or assist.
“I spent the summer trying to become pain-free because for a long, long time I was in pain. It’s great to be running around without pain, and I’m loving the fact that I’m back to 100%.”