Alan Hutton has revealed that the Aston Villa squad have been finding it “difficult” to train properly during the Coronavirus lockdown.
The former Villa and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lifted the lid on his former teammates after conversations with members of Dean Smith’s squad.
Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground has been closed for eight weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with Villa boss Dean Smith revealing that some players may have to be kept away as and when it does reopen.
There is no return date set for the resumption of Premier League football, although a number of top-flight sides have begun to allow players back to their training grounds individually.
Hutton, who is still in close contact with many of the Villa players after leaving the club last year, has revealed what the squad are thinking during these uncertain times.
“Obviously they’re finding difficult, there’s only so much you can do on your own,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“If you’re looking at it and saying we can come back in June and it’s going to start with small groups training, I know for a fact it’s going to take them weeks to get back fit. These are the factors in this mad situation.
“If you’re back for three weeks and the team you’re playing against has been back for four, five weeks, this is where the fitness people are going to come into their own because it’s all on them. It’s about them getting the players fit and ready for action.
“I think the training ground has been open for certain individuals to come in and out on their own to use the pitches and stuff. I think that’s how it will work, in little groups of players coming in coming in and working.”
Villa currently sit 19th in the Premier League table, two points off safety with a game in hand over the clubs around them.
The Villans’ remaining fixtures sees them take on sides from both ends of the table, including a crunch clash against relegation rivals West Ham.
In other Aston Villa news, Hutton has dropped a fascinating insight into owner Wes Edens after meeting the American.