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Aston Villa could be without Wesley for another couple of months despite playing in a friendly against West Brom last week, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Villans could not afford to rush the striker’s return after his long-term layoff.

Wesley played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors game against the Baggies last Friday (March 26) in what was a significant step in his recovery process.

The 24-year-old has been missing since suffering a serious knee ligament injury on New Year’s Day in 2020.

He played 22 times and scored six goals for Villa before being sidelined.

Hutton admitted while it was good to see Wesley back in action, expectations need to be tempered about a comeback.

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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Nobody wants to see anybody have a serious injury. When you’re talking 14, 15 months, that’s an absolute nightmare for a professional footballer.

“It’s about managing him. It’s been such a long time, it’s totally different from the likes of Jack. You need to monitor his minutes bring him in here and there. 

“I think it’ll still take a while. These injuries, you can’t just play one game, two games and then you’re automatically back in. It can take him a couple of months to get really up to speed and back to what he was like before.

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“I was out in my last season, I missed 10 weeks with a knee injury and it took me a while to get back even from that. That was only a 10 week injury, not 15 months. You have to be real careful, we don’t want more setbacks.

“You just want to check all the boxes as you go through it. Don’t rush it because there’s no need. The season’s coming to an end. Yes, he wants to get back playing but there’s no need to rush him back.”

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