Injury expert: Aston Villa playing with fire as Bailey masterplan revealed
Aston Villa must resist the temptation to rush Leon Bailey back to first-team duties.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
As quoted by Birmingham Live on 5 October, Villa boss Dean Smith plans for Bailey to “start training during the international break.”
Bailey has not featured since a 20-minute substitute appearance in the 3-0 victory over Everton on 18 September.
The winger scored his first goal for the club in that match but also sustained a quad injury that has plagued him since.
Dinnery urges Villa not to throw the £25million summer signing back into the action before he is ready.
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“In terms of recovery time, Bailey should be there or thereabouts,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“He’ll certainly be ready for the matchday squad. But there has got to be that period of adaptation and they have to be very careful.
“It can be difficult to adjust to a new environment in the Premier League. He had a disrupted pre-season and was involved for Jamaica as well.
“He has had hamstring issues since he arrived at Villa Park as well, which has been frustrating.
“Villa supporters will be urging him to come back following that impact he had coming off the bench.
“But they need to understand he isn’t a player that can just be thrown in there.
“Maybe it would be better for him to be introduced off the bench and be in and around that squad for game week eight.