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Dean Smith reveals Ross Barkley’s hamstring injury is ‘not as bad’ as Aston Villa first feared

Dean Smith reveals that Ross Barkley’s hamstring injury is ‘not as bad’ as Aston Villa initially feared – but the borrower is still expected to miss the next three games, as the club doesn’t want to rush him.

  • Ross Barkley is expected to return to action for Aston Villa in mid-December
  • The Chelsea borrower came off with a hamstring injury in the defeat to Brighton
  • Dean Smith has revealed that Barkley’s tension is not as bad as the club initially feared
  • Villa does not want to put the midfielder back into action and run the risk of another injury

Ross Barkley’s hamstring injury is not as bad as initially feared, Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has revealed.

Chelsea’s lender will likely be out until mid-December after last week’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

He will likely miss Villa’s next three games, starting with Monday’s Premier League trip to West Ham.

Ross Barkley's hamstring injury isn't as bad as initially feared, says Aston Villa's Dean Smith

Ross Barkley’s hamstring injury isn’t as bad as initially feared, says Aston Villa’s Dean Smith

Smith revealed that Barkley will return next month due to the tension that has been picked up against Brighton

Smith revealed that Barkley will return next month due to the tension that has been picked up against Brighton

Smith revealed that Barkley will return next month due to the tension that has been picked up against Brighton

Ross has clearly suffered a hamstring injury against Brighton, so he will be out for two or three weeks. Nothing more than that, it’s not as bad as what we feared before, ” Smith told a news conference.

‘Of course he has already done a week. We contracted Ross because he is a quality player and if you have good players coming out of your team that will affect you a bit.

Plus, we don’t have anyone comparable to Ross in terms of how he plays. So it will be a loss.

Barkley was forced out last weekend in the defeat at Villa Park and now misses three games

Barkley was forced out last weekend in the defeat at Villa Park and now misses three games

Barkley was forced out last weekend in the defeat at Villa Park and now misses three games

The Chelsea star (left) has impressed since being loaned out, scoring twice this season

The Chelsea star (left) has impressed since being loaned out, scoring twice this season

The Chelsea star (left) has impressed since being loaned out, scoring twice this season

‘But we also won our first two games without Ross, so we certainly did not lose sight of that. We’re not going to hunt him down because we don’t want to lose him again. ‘

Villa heads to West Ham on Monday with the goal of maintaining their 100 percent road record, helping them to seventh in the top flight before the weekend.

They stunned Arsenal 3-0 earlier this month and also won this season at Fulham and Leicester, while Smith’s side had yet to give in on the road.

Frederic Guilbert has returned to training with Kortney Hause but Bjorn Engels (thigh) remains out, along with Wesley and Tom Heaton (both knee).

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