There is a mix of relief and frustration among the Aston Villa squad after being forced into self-isolation due to Covid-19.
That is according to former Villa and Scotland star Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has delivered the inside track from Villa Park after getting in touch with his former teammates.
The club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground was closed and the entire first-team squad entered self-isolation last week after several individuals tested positive for Coronavirus.
Aston Villa can confirm that the Club has closed its Bodymoor Heath training ground after a significant Coronavirus outbreak.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 7, 2021
The Villans put out a team made up entirely of youth players for their 4-1 FA Cup defeat to Liverpool, while their league game against Tottenham has been pushed back.
Hutton, who is still in touch with several of the first-team players after his exit from Villa in 2019, has revealed while the squad are happy swift action was taken to tackle the outbreak, there is a frustration building over the prospective fixture pile up.
Asked what the mood was like among the squad, Hutton told Football Insider: “Obviously it’s good that they found out early about the Covid tests and it was just immediately shut down so it’s obviously a good thing that they’re acting quickly on it.
“There’s a frustration there because they know the games are going to pile up, it’s going to be difficult, you don’t want to be sitting in your house for 10 days because you’re missing out on the training and the fitness, all that sort of stuff.
“It’s a difficult moment in time and you’re expected to go back in, have a couple of days training and then play Everton – it’s difficult to play to a high level.
The whole situation is hard but it’s one that everybody’s in, it’s the same situation so it is what it is.
“It’s probably going to happen to different teams throughout until the end of this season and I think this is just what it’s going to be like for everybody moving forward.”