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John McGinn is making positive progress on his broken ankle

John McGinn will be training on grass for the first time this weekend, as the Aston Villa star is making positive progress on the broken ankle that has kept him out of operation since December

  • John McGinn has been out of action since breaking his ankle on December 21
  • Rehabilitation of the Schot went well and he hopes to return to action
  • Tyrone Mings also resumed training after missing the Tottenham game

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn is making positive progress in his return from injury, according to manager Dean Smith.

The Scot has been sidelined since the suffering of a broken ankle during the Premier League home game to Southampton on December 21.

McGinn’s rehabilitation is going well and he is about to train on grass for the first time this weekend as he approaches a return to action.

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn makes positive progress on his return from injury

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn makes positive progress on his return from injury

“John McGinn has ridden 85 percent body weight on the AlterG (treadmill without gravity),” said Smith before Saturday’s Saints match.

‘He wants to run on the grass next weekend. His return will be reviewed daily to see how he continues his rehabilitation. “

Elsewhere there was also good news about Tyrone Mings. The defender missed the defeat against Tottenham with tonsillitis, but he has resumed training and is expected to be restored to the starting line against Southampton.

Tyrone Mings missed the defeat against Tottenham with tonsillitis, but he resumed training

Tyrone Mings missed the defeat against Tottenham with tonsillitis, but he resumed training

Tyrone Mings missed the defeat against Tottenham with tonsillitis, but he resumed training

Meanwhile, Keinan Davis will start training on Monday after his hamstring problem.

“No, he’s fine,” Smith said about Mings. “He had a hint of tonsillitis and trained again on Wednesday. It was unfortunate. He has been a big player for us, so it was hard to miss him on Sunday.

“He’s ready for Southampton on Saturday. He has the qualities to be a true leader and he is still growing in that role. “

Smith was asked about the mood in the team after the heartbreaking defeat to Spurs, who won the game 3-2 thanks to an injury time attack by Son Heung-min after a defensive foul by Bjorn Engels.

Villa lost 3-2 to Tottenham on Sunday thanks to an injury-time strike by Son Heung-min

Villa lost 3-2 to Tottenham on Sunday thanks to an injury-time strike by Son Heung-min

Villa lost 3-2 to Tottenham on Sunday thanks to an injury-time strike by Son Heung-min

“I think the way it came about makes it difficult,” said Smith. “We’ve played so well once, especially the first 30, 40, 45 minutes to make a big mistake and admit it in the last minutes, it’s always hard.

“Like I said, we had been on the winning side of games at Villa Park in the last minute. No matter how disappointing it is, you go further. We can get a lot out of the performance of the game. We came in the next day and did our debrief and knew what to work on to improve.

‘The (winter) holiday has done us well. It showed the way we got out of the trap against Spurs, going straight into a team that goes for the top four. “

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