Sheffield United: Visitors braced for injury blow

Aston Villa, Sheffield United’s latest Premier League opponents, have potentially been dealt a major injury blow after it emerged Tyrone Mings could be absent until the New Year.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 5:51 pm

Mings was sent for a scan after sustaining what his manager Dean Smith suspects is a hamstring complaint during Villa’s game against Leicester City.

Although the result of that test has so far been kept under-wraps by the club’s medical department, reports have emerged that the problem is serious enough to rule him out until January.

Bjorn Engels, a summer signing from Reims, is Mings’ most likely replacement at Bramall Lane. The 25-year-old Belgian joined Villa from Stade de Reims during the close season, a month before United faced the French club at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in a friendly ahead of the new campaign.

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Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings sits on the pitch with an injury during the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 8, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Villa. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Like United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, Mings has forced his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad since helping his club gain promotion from the Championship last term.