By Alan Hutton

22nd Feb, 2020 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Hutton buzzing after Smith drops 'Huge boost' for Villa - 'Gives everybody a lift'

Alan Hutton has tipped John McGinn to come straight back into the Aston Villa side when he is finally declared fit for action following injury.

The former Spurs and Villa full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the imminent return of the 25-year-old would “give everybody a lift”.

McGinn has been sidelined with a fractured ankle suffered in a 3-1 home loss to Southampton on the 21st of December, Dean Smith confirming he has returned to training this week.

Although the midfielder was absent for the trip to St. Mary’s this weekend he could be in contention for a return in the eagerly anticipated League Cup final against Manchester City next Sunday.

The former St. Mirren man has been a mainstay in Dean Smith’s side since his move from Hibernian in the summer of 2018.

When asked how significant the return of the Scotland international could be between now and the end of the season, Hutton told Football Insider: “It is a huge boost.

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“As soon as he is ready he will be back in. That is how much they miss him. He gives the team energy, drive, strength, and he chips in with a goal or two.

“It gives everybody a lift – not just the fans but the players as well because he gives so much to the team. I think as soon as he is fit and ready he will back in.” 

Prior to injury McGinn had scored 3 goals and provided two assists in 18 appearances and Villa fans will hope he can have an immediate impact on return.

The Claret and Blues currently sit one position above the relegation zone with little over 10 games left in the Premier League this campaign.

In other Aston Villa news, Alex Bruce has told Football Insider 29-year-old will show best form at Villa Park after difficult start.