Injury expert issues Bailey fears as Aston Villa plan to avoid 'months out' revealed
Aston Villa star are expected to build up Leon Bailey’s match time gradually – to avoid a muscle tear that would rule him out for months.
That is according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine as well as data analysis.
Bailey, 24, has not started a match for Villa since signing from Bayer Leverkusen for £25million in the summer window.
He has made an impact as a sub with one assist and one goal, which came in last Saturday’s 3-0 win over Everton.
Dinnery explained that Dean Smith and his coaching staff will be wary of Bailey’s recent hamstring injury and will plan his game time carefully.
“We saw Bailey’s impact last weekend,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“We know he’s coming back from a disrupted summer with a hamstring problem. He has also just returned from another separate hamstring issue. He’s still playing his way back to fitness.
“It would not surprise me if Dean Smith was to just gradually build up Bailey’s minutes.
“We’re talking about about a player coming from another league into a new environment and a new intensity.
“With the quads, like the hamstring, they have high rates of reinjury. You have to be really carefully with them.
“The quadricep is a key muscle in that kicking mechanism. If it just a bit of stiffness, what you don’t want to do is tear or strain that muscle.
“If that happens you end up talking about months instead of weeks. Or, three to four weeks can easily turn into eight or potentially even longer.”