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Aston Villa injury update after win at Fulham ahead of Stoke and Liverpool clashes – Birmingham Live



September 29, 2020
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Aston Villa extended their perfect start to the season with a 3-0 victory away at Fulham on Monday night.

Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Tyrone Mings were on target forDean Smith’sside, who have nowwon all four of their opening matches in all competitions.

Emiliano Martinez’s second clean sheet in as many games following his move from Arsenal was also significant – it wasVilla’sfirst on the road in league action since the turn of the year.

Ezri Konsa picked up a knock in the win against Sheffield United on September on September 21 but was fine to start in the middle of defence at Craven Cottage while Bertrand Traore made his league bow for Villa off the bench having knocked his ankle last week.

After the win at Craven Cottage and ahead of the clashes against Stoke City (Carabao Cup) and Liverpool (Premier League), here’s a round-up of the injury issues and what’s been said:

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Bjorn Engels

Injury:Thigh strain.

Target return date:First day back at training was September 26. Could be in line to play against Stoke on Thursday (October 1).

What Dean Smith said:“Bjorn’s back. He’s got his first day on the grass with us today.”

Wesley


Injury:Knee ligament damage sustained in the 2-1 victory at Burnley on January 1, 2020.

Target return date:January 2021. Wesley returned from Brazil earlier in the month to continue rehabilitation back at Bodymoor Heath.

What’s he said:“I didn’t even want to know the severity (of the injury). I was having a good time, scoring goals, I didn’t want to know at that time.

“The doctor explained to me that I broke my ligaments. I kept crying every day, worried, I would even play ball again. But my family supported me.”

What Dean Smith said:“He is back now with us but is not back training in any shape or form. The swelling has gone down on his knee now but it was quite a bad injury he suffered.

“We believed it was going to be a 12-month injury and nothing has told us otherwise yet. He is getting full range into it and hopefully he will be back as soon as possible.”

Tom Heaton

Tom Heaton leaves the pitch on a stretcher after being injured during the Premier League match between Burnley and Aston Villa at Turf Moor

Tom Heaton leaves the pitch on a stretcher after being injured during the Premier League match between Burnley and Aston Villa at Turf Moor

Injury:Knee ligament damage sustained in the 2-1 victory at Burnley on January 1, 2020.

Target return date:Leicester City (a) on Saturday, October 17.

What’s he said:“It’s a difficult one to pinpoint. I think the start of the season, unfortunately, has come too soon. When lockdown happened I earmarked it as a possibility.

“It’s landed a little fortunately with the fixtures, not playing the first week (due to Man City postponement). We’ve only got three league games up until the international break. At the minute I’ve got my eye set on that, whether the medics agree I’m not so sure.

“That certainly gives me enough time, it’s eight-and-a

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