Aston Villa manager Dean Smith

Alan Hutton claims that the suspension of Premier League matches could hand Aston Villa a significant boost with the return of John McGinn.

The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the lack of games means the 25-year-old can fully recover from his lengthy injury absence.

The midfielder, who fractured his ankle back in December, returned to full training last week before all top-flight fixtures were postponed.

With the Premier League currently set to resume at the start of April, Hutton insists that the extra time off is a silver lining for the Villans if McGinn is fit and firing.

“Perfect, it’s a perfect scenario if you can call it that,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“Injured players at any club, anywhere, you look at the other clubs who have been having problems – Harry Kane or Son at Tottenham, John McGinn – if there’s a silver lining it could be that.

“It gives you that little bit of breathing space moving forward, gets your fitness up, work a little bit harder, maybe not getting in as early as you would have thought.

“We all know how important John McGinn is to the team, he’s a massive part of the Villa team, especially moving forward. We all want to see a fit John McGinn playing. Hopefully when he comes back, he’ll be perfect and ready to go.” 

The Scottish midfielder has played a total of 20 times for Villa this season, with three goals and two assists under his belt.

In other Aston Villa news, it can be revealed the Villans have set their sights on signing a Wolves defender this summer.