Targett, Engels, Guilbert – Update on Aston Villa’s injuries before Liverpool


Players at risk of relegation from Aston Villa have been given two days off after four games in 11 days. Dean Smith’s team won just two points when the project restarted, placing them in 19th place in the Premier League.

Villa has now played one more game (32) than its direct relegation rivals with West Ham and Bournemouth, both playing twice before Villa made it to Anfield on Sunday.

Head coach Smith blasted the Premier League’s busy schedule after Villa’s 1-0 loss to neighboring wolves.

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He said, “It’s crazy to play four games in 11 days and you will hurt yourself.

“We need the break or we will have a big list of injuries.

“The list of meetings, for me, is crazy. I know we had a game in hand, but why (Wolves) couldn’t have been Sunday or Monday, I don’t know.

“The players were playing tired and it should have been better organized in my opinion. ”

Before Liverpool on Sunday, here is the latest news on injured and tired Villa players.

Left-back Matt Targett was retired after just 10 minutes against the Wolves after tightening his left hamstring. Last year’s summer signing will be watched this week, with Smith’s hope that Targett struck with fatigue, not with a tear.

Matt Targett of Aston Villa leaves injured

Smith said, “He just felt his hamstrings tighten, he wanted to try it but he could still feel it so we made sure to bring it down quickly.

“I hope it’s nothing more than a fatigue injury. Neil Taylor did very well when he arrived, so it’s nice for us. ”

Elsewhere, Smith had previously said that Belgian Bjorn Engels was still far from returning after injuring Achilles.

Before the project restarted on June 17, Smith said, “Bjorn has an Achilles problem. He will not be there for the week or the next two weeks at least. ”

The 25-year-old will likely miss Liverpool on Sunday with a pencil draw for Manchester United on July 9 or Crystal Palace on July 12.

Frédéric Guilbert is another player who has not yet appeared on the Villa 20-player team. The Frenchman manages a knee injury but will be in contention for the trip from Villa to Liverpool on Sunday.

“Freddie Guilbert has been training for the past few days and is in contention again,” was Smith’s last update before the Wolves. The head coach will be desperate for minutes from the back and may offer a surprise start against the champions this weekend.

Other injury news sees Danny Drinkwater available again. The loaned midfielder – who signed an extension to stay with Villa until the end of the season – was among the replacements against the Wolves and will press for playing time at Anfield.

Stay with the midfielders and Smith explained why he dropped John McGinn for the Wolves’ loss.

He said: “I would have liked to keep him on the team but John is trying to catch up.

“He did 10 sprints against Sheffield United, seven against Chelsea and two against Newcastle. I didn’t expect it to go back to 10, which gives him a break (against the Wolves) and hopes he could have an impact on the bench. ”

Tom Heaton and Wesley, of course, are sidelined until next season with injuries to their respective knee ligaments on New Years Day in Burnley.


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