By Alan Hutton

3rd Nov, 2021 | 4:00pm

Ings a 'huge miss' for Aston Villa after injury expert's update - Hutton

Danny Ings is a “huge miss” for Aston Villa ahead of Friday’s clash with Southampton, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 29-year-old brings valuable experience and quality to Dean Smith’s side.

Football Insider injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs specialist site Premier Injuries, has attributed Ings’ absence to Covid-19.

As quoted by the Birmingham Mail, manager Smith admitted the Villans have had some “Covid-related issues” as well as injury problems.

Ings had started Villa’s opening nine league games but missed the 4-1 defeat to West Ham.

Hutton insisted the summer signing had already established himself as a popular figure at Villa Park.

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He suggested the rest of the squad would miss his presence against Southampton.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think he was ill. He is a new player but he’s well-liked within the squad.

“People look up to him, they obviously trust him and he can give you that little bit of magic. A little bit of brilliance just off the cuff, something can happen.

“If he puts a goal in, it sparks the rest of the team into life. I think Ings and Watkins are still trying to figure each other out.

“They’re still trying to get used to each other’s games and playing with each other. I think that will take time.

“Of course he’s a huge miss. You want him on the pitch, playing as much as possible with his experience and his know-how.

“Hopefully it was just that one game that he’ll miss and he’ll come back Friday.”

Ings has scored three goals in nine games for Villa so far.

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