Aston Villa have announced that midfielder John McGinn suffered a fractured ankle during the team’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton yesterday.
With just seven minutes of the game gone, McGinn stayed down after he looked to have rolled his ankle as he went in for a challenge on Southampton’s Cedric Soares.
After receiving initial treatment from the Villa medical staff, McGinn was helped down the tunnel and eventually made his way to hospital to seek further treatment.
At the time of the incident, it was unclear what McGinn had actually done to his ankle but one thing was for sure, it did not look good.
Nonetheless, Villa have now confirmed that the Scotland international has suffered an ankle fracture:
It’s thought that McGinn will now face up to three months on the sidelines which comes as a huge blow to the team as they currently sit inside the relegation zone.
With huge games coming up, Villa are already missing a key player in defender Tyrone Mings, who is sidelined due to a hamstring injury that he picked up against Leicester City. Losing McGinn certainly adds a lot more pressure on a Villa team who are clearly struggling right now.
McGinn’s injury comes as a big blow to what was originally a very good week for the 25-year-old, as he was named Scotland’s Men’s Player of the Year.
With the January transfer window only 10 days away, according to The Athletic’s Gregg Evans, Villa could now look to bring in a new midfielder in McGinn’s absence. As per Evans’ tweet, losing McGinn is a huge blow but at least its not for the season.
Villa are back in action on Boxing Day as they face relegation rivals Norwich City, time will tell who Dean Smith will now look to now in place of McGinn, but with that said, its certainly a huge gap to fill.