Losing Matty Cash to injury will be a big blow for Dean Smith and Aston Villa, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Villa and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the right-back had hit the ground running as part of the “revolution” at Villa Park this season.

Smith confirmed on Wednesday the 23-year-old would be missing for a few weeks after suffering a hamstring strain in the 0-0 draw against Brighton.

He is set to sit out Sunday’s home tie against Leicester City and will be doubtful for games against Leeds United and Wolves.

McLeish insisted Cash had taken like a fish to water at Villa Park and admitted the Villans could find their rhythm disrupted by his absence.

Asked if losing Cash was a big blow for Villa, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Yes it is, he has settled in extremely well and that is a real bonus for a manager when you buy a player, that he hits the ground running.

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“Cash really did that – sometimes it takes a while to settle in and you don’t get the rhythm and understanding but Cash has done that. Villa have spent a lot of money in the last couple of seasons and it’s helped them to stay in the Premier League.

“Now they look a Premier League team and they have a lot of players who are now on a great wavelength with each other and Cash has been part of that revolution.”

Cash has played 21 times in the Premier League for Villa and while he is still awaiting his first goal, the swashbuckling full-back has chipped in with two assists.

With the summer signing out, Ahmed Elmohamady is in line to fill in at right-back against Leicester.

In other news, Alan Hutton has revealed what Aston Villa stars are saying about Ezri Konsa amid Tottenham and Liverpool links.