Aston Villa return to action on Wednesday when they travel back up to Yorkshire for a Premier League clash with Sheffield United.
Dean Smith’s men beat Leeds United on Saturday night to record a first League win since February 6 and re-ignite their charge for a finish in the European places this season.
Villa’s injury list is starting to grow with the coronavirus pandemic condensing the season into a tight schedule.
Wesley Moraes has been out since last year with a serious knee injury and while Kortney Hause remains sidelined with a foot problem.
However, Villa have picked up three injuries since the goalless draw with Brighton and Hove Albion on February 13.
Matty Cash (hamstring), Jack Grealish and now Emiliano Martinez (groin) have all picked up knocks.
According to Smith, Martinez had a ‘tight groin’ at the 1-0 win over Leeds.
It is unlikely the problem will rule him out of the Blades clash although it did require Martinez to get his defenders to take goal kicks.
Here’s the latest injury news from Villa…
Target return date: Sheffield United – Wednesday, March 3.
What Smith said: “I’m not sure what the latest is. He had a tight groin and he made our centre-backs take his goal kicks. I’ve been a centre-back taking them goal kicks before and it’s a tough gig getting up the pitch from the six yard box late on so all credit to them.”
Injury: Not specified.
Target return date: TBC – the BBC are reporting he could be out for a month but Smith is optimistic the player could be back soon.
What Smith said: “Jack had some discomfort during training on Friday and we pulled him out. It’s not a recurrence of an injury, it’s not a long-term injury – he just had some mild discomfort.”
Target return date: TBC.
What Smith said: “He’s got a hamstring injury, we think. He was doing a Cruyff-turn on the touchline and got tackled at the same time and just felt his hamstring. It can happen, certainly in these conditions with the cold weather as well. It’s too early to assess how bad.”
Target return date: Middle of March
What Smith said: “Kortney has had his scan and he’s got a problem with his foot, he’s going to be out for at least 4-6 weeks. It was a blow because he came in the team, played four games and was excellent.”
Injury: Knee ligament damage sustained in the 2-1 victory at Burnley on January 1, 2020.
Target return date: TBC – but this season at some point. Wesley is continuing his rehabilitation at Bodymoor Heath having been named in Villa’s 25-man Premier League squad.
What Smith said: “Wesley’s had some manipulation on his knee, which has certainly helped and he’ll be back on the training ground next week.”