Aston Villa face Crystal Palace on Boxing Day. Dean Smith has spoken about Wesley, who still hasn’t returned from injury yet and the manager gave an update on his recovery.
The latest on Wesley
Speaking via Birmingham Live, Dean Smith said: “He is on track in terms of being on the grass, striking the ball and twisting and turning.
“He has had some manipulation of the knee to make sure the extension is getting back to normal. I can’t emphasise enough that the injury he had was a very significant injury. We have to make sure he is right. He is not in any group training yet and he has a lot of boxes to tick.”
Hopefully he will be back in 2021
The cruciate ligament rupture that Wesley suffered against Burnley has seen the Brazilian miss at least 40 games (366 days) (Transfermarkt). The club are hopeful he will return in 2021 but a lot of pressure has been added on Ollie Watkins. Fellow striker Keinan Davis has also been injured. This leaves Watkins as the only recognised striker currently available at the club.
Speaking about Wesley in the past, Dean Smith said: “He’s a young striker, but he’ll get better and better.”
It is hard for the player as his injury was such a big one and now he has a lot to do to get back to full fitness and then show the form and confidence that is needed in the Premier League. His return whenever that may be will be a huge boost as it adds some good squad depth to the Villa side.
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