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Blow for Aston Villa as Dean Smith provides Leon Bailey injury update

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Aston Villa dealt blow as Leon Bailey injury timetable revealed


Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has provided an update on the fitness of Leon Bailey, after the winger was forced out of the club’s win over Everton.

Cash sets rout in motion

The Villans of course returned to Premier League action last weekend.

On the back of an altogether hit-and-miss opening to 2021/22, which had seen them accrue just four points from an available twelve, Villa welcomed high-flying Everton to Villa Park, eyeing a return to form.

And, when all was said and done, get things back on track is precisely what the Claret and Blue managed.

An explosive 15-minute spell in the 2nd-half culminated in the hosts finding the net on a trio of occasions, to emerge on the right side of an impressive 3-0 result.

Matty Cash was first on target, before Lucas Digne’s own goal a short time later was added to by substitute Leon Bailey to round out the scoring fifteen minutes from time:

Bailey ruled out

An otherwise stellar evening’s work for Dean Smith’s men, however, was soured by a concerning blow on the personnel front.

Summer signing Leon Bailey – on the back of a 20-minute cameo which saw the wide-man bag both a goal and assist – was forced to limp out of proceedings.

Speaking in a post-match interview, Bailey was subsequently drawn on his condition, and went on to reveal his hope that the injury wasn’t ‘anything too serious’:

‘I think it was from the shot, I think I hit it too hard! I started feeling a little bit stiff in my quad – I don’t think it’s anything too serious.’

In a blow for both player (who has endured a less than ideal start to life in England) and club alike, though, on Thursday evening, Dean Smith has confirmed Bailey’s injury to be more serious than was initially thought.

Speaking ahead of his side’s meeting with Manchester United this weekend, the Villans boss admitted that the Jamaican is likely to remain sidelined until at least the upcoming international break:

‘Leon has a strain which is likely to keep him out until after the international break. We would be hopeful that he would be available for the Wolves game but we will need to assess him nearer the time and see how he progresses over the next ten days or so.’


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 5 11 13
2 Liverpool FC 5 11 13
3 Manchester United 5 9 13
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 5 3 12
5 Manchester City 5 10 10
6 Everton FC 5 3 10
7 Tottenham Hotspur 5 -3 9
8 West Ham United 5 4 8
9 Brentford FC 5 3 8
10 Aston Villa 5 1 7
11 Watford FC 5 -2 6
12 Leicester City 5 -3 6
13 Arsenal FC 5 -7 6
14 Crystal Palace 5 -3 5
15 Southampton FC 5 -2 4
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 -3 3
17 Leeds United 5 -7 3
18 Newcastle United 5 -7 2
19 Burnley FC 5 -6 1
20 Norwich City 5 -12 0
Player Team Goals
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 4
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea FC 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 3
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 2
Saint-Maximin, Allan Newcastle United 2
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 2
Fornals, Pablo West Ham United 2
Torres, Ferran Manchester City 2
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 2
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 2

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