Alan Hutton claims that Aston Villa will take no risks over bringing John McGinn back after his lengthy injury layoff.
The former Villa and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists his former teammate will be doing everything he can to return as soon as possible.
Speaking ahead of Monday’s defeat to Leicester, manager Dean Smith delivered an update on the 25-year-old, revealing he had not yet returned to full-contact training.
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However, the boss did admit the Scotland international would be pushing to make his comeback in Saturday’s clash with Chelsea.
Hutton says that getting McGinn back on the pitch is important but that they will not take a gamble on his fitness.
“I know he’s back out on the grass, working hard, he’s desperate to get back,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“That’s the sort of character he is, he’s been desperate for weeks because he just wants to help the team, he’d do anything, he’d run through a brick wall, those are the people you need.
“The difficult thing is that you don’t want to risk him too early just for one week. You would hate for something to have a setback, you need to make sure he’s 100 per cent to come back.
“I think they’ll be cautious with him, I’m sure the doctor will be a bit cautious just to make sure he’s alright. We have to be a little bit patient but I understand we need him to come back in quickly.”
McGinn has been missing for the last two and a half months due to a broken ankle suffered against Southampton.
In other Aston Villa news, the club are lining up a 39-year-old to take over from Dean Smith.