Birmingham news Aston Villa injury round-up: Tom Heaton and Wesley updates MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Dean Smith's side begin their Premier League campaign on Monday and the manager has close to a full-strength squad available
Breaking News ! Dean Smith has close to a full-strength squad available as Aston Villa prepare to open their 2020/21 Premier League campaign against Sheffield United on Monday. Villa have had an extra week to prepare for the new campaign, with their scheduled opener against Manchester City postponed due to City’s involvement in the latter stages of last season’s Champions League. Smith’s men were in action during the week, progressing in the Carabao Cup with a 3-1 win away to Burton Albion, and the manager named a relatively strong side for the tricky away tie. Ollie Watkins and Jack Grealish both started and scored, while Tyrone Mings played the full 90 minutes at centre back and Douglas Luiz came off the bench for the final 20 minutes after an extended break following his return from Brazil. However, the Sheffield United game may come too early for a couple of squad members who have been on the sidelines for an extended period of time. Read More Related Articles 'Suffered enough' - What Aston Villa fans are saying about Scott Hogan exit Read More Related Articles 'It did annoy me' - Arsenal legend questions £20m Aston Villa transfer decision Here’s all you need to know about Villa’s current injury list. Tom Heaton (Knee) Heaton has been out of action since New Year’s Day, when he suffered a knee ligament injury against former club Burnley. The goalkeeper wasn’t involved at Burton, with Orjan Nyland starting between the sticks and Jed Steer keeping the bench warm, and things are unlikely to change before Monday. “I think the start of the season, unfortunately, has come too soon,” Heaton told the Aston Villa website in August. “It has landed fortunately with the fixtures, we’re not playing on the first weekend and we only have three Premier League games up until the October international break. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now “At the minute, I’ve got my eye set on that and that certainly gives me enough time.” More recently, Heaton appeared as a guest on Joe Hart’s Gloved podcast, where he gave a further update. “It's been bumpy as ever with a long-term injury, you get positive periods and bits you have to get through,” the keeper said . “We're moving in the right direction, I'm back out on the grass and getting closer to training with the team. I've had a little of bumps in the road but there's light at the end of the tunnel and I'm buzzing to get that shirt back on." Read More Related Articles Dean Smith reveals Aston Villa's ambitious five-year plan outlined by Nassef Sawiris & Wes Edens Read More Related Articles 'More involvement' - Aston Villa striker makes Dean Smith request as contract talks continue With Villa adding Emi Martinez to their ranks, Heaton will face fierce competition for a starting spot when he does return to action. Expected return date: Oct 17 (v Leicester City) Wesley (Knee) Brazilian striker Wesley, Villa’s record signing before the arrival of Watkins this month, is another long-term absentee.
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Back in May, he reflected on what he described as his first serious injury , saying: “It’s been very hard for me because I’d just had a great moment [against Burnley]. Now I just have to wait for my moment to come back. “I do my physio everyday, two times a day, so now I feel confident and I feel great,” he told VillaTV. “I try to do some passing, but sometimes a get a bit of pain, but now the last two or three weeks I feel great.” Wesley shared another update over the summer , revealing that his knee “feels stronger”, but we’re no closer to knowing when he will be back in action. Expected return date: Unknown
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