Alan Hutton has suggested Aston Villa may push for John McGinn to be rested by Scotland amid fears over his fitness.
The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he was concerned about the 26-year-old suffering from burnout.
The midfielder has played every single minute in all but one of the Villans’ 28 Premier League games this season.
He has also been a regular on the international stage and has started both of Scotland’s games during the current break from club football.
Steve Clarke’s men are set to play the Faroe Islands on Wednesday before McGinn and his teammates return to their clubs.
However, Hutton suggested his fellow countryman could be rested for the World Cup qualifier due to concerns over his game time.
Asked if he was worried about McGinn’s fitness, Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Yeah. I never used to think that way, because I know how robust John can be.
“He looks after himself and just seemed like he could play a game after he’s finished a game, he’s that type of guy. Obviously, it’s been a tough season, this season, and players are going to need a rest.
“Me personally, if I was Dean Smith, I’d be looking at this next game against the Faroe Islands Ireland as a game where he could possibly be rested.
“It’s a game where he would think they would win and win quite comfortably. It’s no disrespect to the Faroe Islands, it’s just how I see it.
“Maybe Steve Clarke would look at this game and think there’s an opportunity here to have a look at one or two players in certain positions. Maybe the likes of John would get a rest.”
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