Nigel Spink states whether Neil Taylor will play for Aston Villa against Norwich after horror tackle
By Amir Mir
Nigel Spink believes Neil Taylor will not play against Norwich this Saturday if manager Steve Bruce believes he is not in the right frame of mind.
The 28-year-old was involved in a horror tackle over the international break when his reckless challenge resulted in Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman breaking his leg.
Left-back Taylor was sent off for that challenge but he will be available for Villa’s Championship clash against Norwich at the weekend.
The Wales international has been a regular feature for Bruce since he arrived at the Midlands club from Swansea in January.
Former European Cup winner and club legend Spink delivered his verdict on Taylor and what his manager will be thinking after that Coleman tackle.
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“I don’t know what type of character Neil Taylor is,” Spink told BBC Radio West Midlands. “But this is going to be on his mind the next time he goes into a tackle, I would think he is going to be cautious.
“Steve Bruce has got a decision to make now and he’ll be assessing it all this week. Assessing his reaction if he’s not right, I don’t think he’ll be playing on Saturday.”
If Taylor is not selected to play against Norwich at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon then Jordan Amavi will be the player to replace him in the starting XI.
Aside from Taylor, Frenchman Amavi is the only recognised left-back at the club, but due to injuries, he has been playing on the left wing in recent weeks.
Nonetheless, with the return of Jack Grealish, Scott Hogan and Andre Green from the treatment room, Amavi is likely to move out of the attacking position.
Either Jonathan Kodjia could move out left or academy duo Grealish and Green could start on the left-hand side.
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