On Saturday whilst during their 2-0 loss at home to West Brom, Aston Villa fans will have been gutted to see John McGinn go into the book for a challenge on Gareth Barry just minutes after the break. That yellow card was the Scotsman’s 10th of the season and it means he’ll now miss the next two games against Stoke City and Derby County.
John McGinn will miss the next two matches after picking up ten bookings. [birmingham live] #avfc
— villareport (@villareport) February 17, 2019
On the bright side for McGinn, he’ll be back in time to feature in the second city derby between Birmingham City and the Villains at St Andrew’s. Villa Park may be a place filled with negativity at the moment seeing as they could be set to miss out on the playoffs and finish below their city rivals, yet doing the double over Birmingham would provide the fans with the ideal remedy.
McGinn will be absolutely crucial to that, and with his suspension giving him time to rest and recover ahead of that huge derby clash, the fans will hope he’s ready to drop a man of the match display when that came comes around on March 8th. For now, though, the fans will be trying to get through Stoke and Debry without their star, whose two goals and eight assists have made him one of their key men in the middle of the park this season.
You can read the Villains’ verdict on McGinn’s suspension here:
We’re building a team. With McGinn out let’s see who steps in. We need to be about more than one person or even a handful of people. All hands on deck.
— BigLongMings (@BLMings) February 17, 2019
Give him a good rest tbh, blessing in disguise
— Raven (@eddie_r_22) February 17, 2019
Doesn’t really matter anymore, it’s all about next season now
— Villa Patriot (@bigeddo63) February 17, 2019
Only plus side is nice and rested for blues
— Nick (@Wattsnick85) February 17, 2019
A midfield of Jedinak, Bjarnason and Whelan incoming.
— Emmett (@EmmettAVFC) February 17, 2019
FFS. BB to start next match then, hopefully Grealish available from the bench. Like to see more of Ramsey too.
— Jim McCormack (@NutritiousJim) February 17, 2019
No great loss. Apart from his energy imo he’s not a great footballer
— Mark Coley (@019Dudley) February 17, 2019
The Villains won’t be happy to have to fare without McGinn, but having him back for Birmingham is crucial.