Aston Villa

John McGinn’s absence against Newcastle United will not be a big concern for Aston Villa, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Manchester City defender heaped praise on McGinn’s performances this season but explained that the way he plays meant a suspension was inevitable.

The Scotsman picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Man City in midweek meaning he will miss the visit of Newcastle tonight.

McGinn has been an ever-present in Dean Smith’s side in their impressive first half of the season.

The Villains currently sit in 11th but are just eight points behind the Champions League places with three games in hand.

One of those games in hand is tonight’s fixture against Newcastle who come into the game winless in their last nine games across all competitions.

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Asked by Football Insider whether McGinn’s absence will be a blow for Villa, Mills said: “McGinn’s been fantastic.

“He’s really given that solid platform for Barkley, for Grealish to kick on from there and not have to worry about the box-to-box defensive duties at times.

“You know with players like that who are combative, make a lot of tackles, they’re going to get booked in this day and age. At some point in the season they’re going to pick up suspensions.

“It’s a game which means I don’t think it will be a big concern for Villa.”

McGinn picked up three of his five bookings in Villa’s first four Premier League games but also recorded four assists and a goal in that time.

In his last 11 league games, the 26-year-old has only provided one assist and not found the net.

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