Alan Hutton claims Wesley still has to overcome a “huge” mental hurdle after an injury scare at Aston Villa. 

The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the striker would still have plenty of doubts about his body after 15 months out of action.

As reported by the Birmingham Mail, Wesley was subbed off early for the under-23s against Wolves last week after feeling a sharp twinge in his right knee.

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That is the same knee in which he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament back in January 2020.

The flare-up reportedly occurred after a 50/50 tackle with one of the Wolves players.

Thankfully for the 24-year-old, it is said the pain was just a scare and there is no change to his recovery process.

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Hutton, who suffered a knee injury in his final year at Villa, admitted 50/50 tackles were the scariest part of the recovery process.

However, he backed Wesley to overcome his doubts in due course.

“The hardest thing coming back from a knee injury is a 50/50 tackle,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“When both players are going for the ball, it’s stuck in the middle and you both try kick through it. For a knee injury, that’s when you’re testing yourself the most. 

“By all accounts, that’s what happened and then he felt it. I’ve been there, I know what it feels like, it’s not pleasant.

“I know his injury was a lot worse than mine. Hopefully, it’s just one of those ones where he’s just getting his body back used to it.

“The mental side of it is absolutely huge as well. Coming back from any sort of serious injury, you have to got to get over that.

“If you’ve got a knee problem and you’re going into a 50/50 thinking: ‘I’m not too sure about this,’ and you slightly pull out, that’s when you get hurt. 

“Your mind has to be right, your body has to be right and do what you normally do. It’s a big mental thing to come back. He looks a strong guy, a strong character. I’m sure he won’t have any problems.”

In other news, Aston Villa have set their sights on big-name Dean Smith replacement.