By Alan Hutton

3rd Aug, 2021 | 5:07pm

Hutton: My heart bleeds for 'great lad' Davis after crushing Aston Villa blow

Alan Hutton has admitted his heart bleeds for Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis after injury scuppered a loan move to Stoke City.

The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed fitness problems had seriously harmed the 23-year-old’s development.

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday (August 3rd), Davis has been ruled out for two months to end his hopes of a loan move.

Stoke led the race for the Villa academy graduate and had held talks over a deal.

However, Davis will instead remain at Villa Park to focus on his recovery process.

Hutton admitted injuries had curtailed the striker’s progress.

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As such, he insisted he was gutted at his latest setback.

“It’s a real shame,” Hutton told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge.

“First and foremost, he’s a great lad, he works ever so hard. He’s had to bide his time to get in the team.

“He’s had his injury problems. That’s probably the one thing that’s not helped his development. I feel for him. I think Stoke would have been a good move.

“He’d have played games, got minutes under his belt and he’s got all the attributes. He ticks all the boxes for a top centre-forward. It’s just staying fit.

“I really feel for him that this has broken down over an injury. Two months is a long time. Hopefully, he’s back sooner, but it looks like that’s going to fall through now.

“Obviously, he won’t be able to move on. Hopefully, he can get back fit as soon as possible, stay fit and fight for the team.”

In other news, Smith has been told to make an Aston Villa transfer U-turn after a £15million reveal.