'Massive' - Alan Hutton delivers update after talking to McGinn about 'Devastating' Villa blow
Alan Hutton has lifted the lid on the status of Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn after speaking to his former teammate about his injury blow.
The former Villa and Scotland defender, talking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Villans star was bitterly disappointed after being forced off against Southampton on Saturday.
Villa confirmed on Sunday afternoon that the Scottish international had suffered a fractured ankle in the 3-1 defeat but did not give an update as to how long he would be missing from action.
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Having spoken to his countryman in the aftermath of the injury blow, Hutton revealed that McGinn was not feeling optimistic about a swift recovery.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s absolutely massive, it’s a massive blow. Massive games coming up.
“Him and Jack (Grealish) are arguably the best players so to lose one is devastating. I spoke to him last night (Saturday), he was really down. He was on crutches and stuff. It doesn’t look great.
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“Hopefully it’s not as bad as what we think but we’ll have to wait and see.”
McGinn has been a mainstay in the side for Dean Smith since promotion back to the Premier League, Saturday the first time he has failed to see out 90 minutes in 18 top-flight appearances.
He has three goals and two assists under his belt this campaign, while he has scored a total of 11 and set up 12 goals in his 65 appearances for the Villans.
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