Aston Villa handed major injury boost ahead of clash with Bristol City
By Matt Farr
Aston Villa have been handed a significant boost ahead of their Championship match on Tuesday as Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has confirmed key striker Tammy Abraham will not play.
The 19-year-old has been in fantastic form for Bristol City this season, netting 21 goals from 38 appearances in all competitions.
However, Abraham, who is current on loan from Chelsea, picked up a thigh injury in the defeat to Leeds on February 14 and has been forced to sit out of their last two outings.
He has returned to Chelsea to receive treatment for the injury, but Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has confirmed that he will not be fit in time to face Aston Villa, which will be a major boost to the home side on Tuesday.
Johnson revealed to the Birmingham Mail that he would be seeking contact with Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo on Tuesday for an update on the fitness of his star forward.
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He said: “I’m going to personally make contact with Chelsea today and just see where he is. I’d like to bring Tammy back later this week, just to give him a chance of playing against Burton.
“As you can imagine, Chelsea are quite protective of their player and, if it is three weeks, then that’s what it will be.
“But I know Tammy, and he will want to get back into training and playing as soon as possible.”
Aston Villa will still have a battle on their hands against Johnson’s Bristol City, but they will consider themselves fortunate not to have to deal with Abraham.
Steve Bruce’s side have struggled defensively this season, and have continued to ship goals of late, conceding eight goals from their five league games this month.
The pace and movement of Abraham alone could have caused serious problems for Aston Villa, as he as done throughout the campaign so far.
Even in his absence, Bristol City will be hungry for victory to end their decline down the Championship table. They are currently 21st in the league, and could drop into the relegation zone with a defeat.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, are in a precarious position themselves. Victory over Derby last time out ended a 10-game winless streak, but they still sit 17th.
In other Aston Villa news, Johnson has trolled the club by saying they paid over the odds for this player.