Aston Villa go into Saturday’s clash with Brighton with a fully fit squad apart from Jota, Dean Smith announced in his pre-match press conference posted on the club’s Twitter feed.
In his pre-match press conference, Smith said the winger will be unavailable after he had a hernia operation on Friday, but Jonathan Kodjia is finally back fit after two months of minor injuries.
Villa welcome Brighton to Villa Park sitting in 15th spot after a mixed start to the season, but they’ll hope to continue from where they left off after their 5-1 demolition of Norwich before the international break.
Journalists expressed concerns about Tyrone Mings’ mental state after the incidents of racism while he was on international duty in Bulgaria, but Smith brushed them off, saying he’s looking forward to the game.
Updating the press on the injury list, he said: “He’s [Mings] fine, he’s looking forward to the game and can’t wait.
“Jonathan Kodjia’s back to full fitness as well, so he’s been training with us.
“The only one who’s missing is Jota who ended up having to have a hernia operation on Friday, so he’s out for a couple of weeks now.” (Quotes from Twitter @AVFCofficial)
It’s a good period for Villa to have a full squad considering the challenges they’ll face over the next month or so.
They play Manchester City, Wolves, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea all before the second week in December, so it’ll be a real test as to whether this side can hold their own against quality Premier League sides.
Villa’s inconstant form could find some rhythm if the squad stays fit, and that’s exactly what Dean Smith will need to keep his side from straying into a relegation battle.
With this squad, and perhaps some additions in January, the Villans could be in for a successful first season back in the top flight.
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