By Michael Brown

23rd Oct, 2020 | 1:27pm

Smith will be hurting - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to big Villa midfielder reveal

Michael Brown insists Dean Smith will be hurting after leaving Henri Lansbury out of the 25-man Aston Villa squad.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder insists that making tough decisions are part of football but that it will not have made the manager’s job any easier.

As confirmed on the official Premier League website, the 30-year-old has been left out of the Villans’ top-flight squad, meaning he will not be able to feature until January at the earliest.

Speaking to Villa TV, Smith explained that the arrival of Ross Barkley and the form of other midfielders had pushed Lansbury down the pecking order, although he confirmed the former Nottingham Forest star would continue to train with the squad.

Brown believes that the Villa boss will have found it tough to snub the 30-year-old from his squad.

Asked if Smith would be hurting after leaving Lansbury out, Brown told Football Insider: “Yeah, he will be.

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“Decisions have got to be made and it’s hard in football, you’ve looked and seen it all around this week with the squads and with decisions people coming in.

“That’s obviously the nature of football.” 

Lansbury has played a total of 53 times across all competitions for the Villans, with 35 of those outings having come among the starting XI.

He started all three of the club’s League Cup fixtures this season but defeat to Stoke City means he will be ineligible for the rest of the Villa’s fixtures until the turn of the year.

In other Aston Villa news, Alan Hutton has been left raving over a blockbuster contract.