By Frank McAvennie

24th Sep, 2021 | 5:00pm

McAvennie claims 'there's nothing worse' as shattering Bailey update confirmed by Aston Villa

Frank McAvennie insists Aston Villa must not rush Leon Bailey back from his latest injury blow.

The former Villains striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest out of Villa Park.

Bailey, 24, has not started a match for Villa since signing from Bayer Leverkusen for £25million in the summer window.

He made an impact as a sub with one assist and one goal before going off injured in last Saturday’s 3-0 win over Everton.

Dean Smith is quoted by Birmingham Mail as saying Bailey will be sidelined until after the next international break.

That means his next outing could come on 16 October against Wolves.

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McAvennie claims Bailey could replace Jack Grealish and as such, should not be rushed back to the first team.

“For me, they need to be careful with that injury,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“There is nothing worse than an injury-prone player. He showed the fans what he can do at the weekend.

“You can understand them getting excited because they need a new talisman after Grealish left.

“This guy might be the guy but you can’t have a talisman who is injured all the time.

“Trust me, if he’s scoring goals when he’s still injured he will score a lot of goals when he is fully fit.”

Bailey played no part as Aston Villa crashed out of the Carabao Cup after losing to Chelsea on penalties.

The Villians are next in action against Manchester United on Saturday.

In other news, £17m Aston Villa star ‘set for extended spell on the sidelines’.