Team news: What shape are Aston Villa in ahead of Sheffield United clash

The enforced break to the Premier League season has actually provided something of a boost to Aston Villa’s squad as they prepare to face Sheffield United in the Premier League restart tomorrow night.

Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 6:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 7:57 pm

Villa have been without one of their key men since December and he could be ready to play a big part in their push for Premier League survival.

John McGinn hasn’t played a full game since the Blades beat Villa 2-0 at Bramall Lane before Christmas. A week later he was carried off against Southampton after suffering an ankle injury.

Now, though, the Scot appears to be fit and raring to go, providing Dean Smith’s side with a huge lift ahead of tomorrow night’s match at Villa Park.

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John McGinn of Aston Villa is helped off the pitch after picking up an injury during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton FC at Villa Park on December 21, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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And aside from the long-term loss of Tom Heaton and Wesley, Smith doesn’t have too many injury worries to contend with.

"John McGinn has been a big boost for us on the training ground. He's back and played (in fiendlies) against West Brom and Leicester," said Smith.

"It's big to have John back. The rest of the lads have done conditioning work and we've had a few niggles, but nothing to concern us."

Enda Stevens of Sheffield United and John McGinn of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Aston Villa at Bramall Lane on December 14, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

United and Villa kick off the Premier League at 6pm tomorrow night in the first competitive match in England since the shutdown, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic back in mid-March.

This is their game in hand after Villa’s involvement in the Carabao Cup final earlier in the season.

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