Aston Villa have been handed a “massive” early boost by Heung-min Son’s expected absence for Sunday’s clash against Tottenham, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa captain backed Dean Smith’s side to beat Spurs and end their three-game winless run if they attack the game.
Jose Mourinho told the Tottenham website the winger had “no chance” of featuring in their Europa League tie on Thursday night and is also unlikely to make Sunday’s game.
The South Korea international limped off after just 19 minutes of their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at the weekend clutching the back of his left leg.
Asked how big of a boost Son’s absence will be for Villa, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Massive.
“Just for the likes of Ahmed Elmohamady or Matty Cash, just to know you’re not facing that pure speed and finishing ability of Son is great news.
“Yes, they’ve got Lucas Moura or Dele Alli who can come in, but they’re not on the level of Son so it’s definitely a plus.
“Aston Villa have got to take confidence from the way Arsenal played against them. Arsenal didn’t sit back, they attacked them.
“That’s what you’ve got to do against Spurs – you’ve got to attack them. If they do that Aston Villa have got every chance of beating them.”
Elmohamady has started Villa’s last five games after Cash suffered an injury last month.
The Englishman returned to the squad against Newcastle United on Friday night but remained an unused substitute.