Alan Hutton admits that his heart bleeds for Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis after the worrying sight of him liming off injured for the under-23s. 

The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 21-year-old has all the potential to be a top-quality forward for Dean Smith but his fitness issues are letting him down.

Having recently returned from a three-month layoff as a result of a hamstring problem, Davis was forced off in Monday’s under-23 clash against West Brom in what was a worrying sight for the Villans.

Hutton says that he knows the young striker has a lot to offer the team at Villa Park and that he really sympathises with him after his problems trying to stay fit and firing.

Hutton told Football Insider: “As a guy, he’s a great guy, lovely young boy. He’s strong, powerful, he’s got everything in his locker to be a top striker but he just can’t keep fit.

“It’s a shame to see because I know how good he can be, I know how good he is. Even when he came on in the semi-final, he was hungry to go and prove himself, put himself about.

“I feel for him because he’s had problems for years now, I really feel his pain. He’s just going to have to go again, it’s all he can do. I really do feel for him.”

Davis has played 11 times for Villa this season, netting his one and only goal in the League Cup tie against Crewe Alexandra back in August.

He has a total of 55 first-team appearances for the club, the majority coming as a substitute, with four goals and five assists.

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