Date: 24th April 2021 at 12:35pm
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Aston Villa journalist Ashley Preece has been sharing the latest injury news concerning Villa striker Wesley. 

This comes after Preece made an appearance on a recent episode of the Birmingham Mail’s Claret & Blue Podcast where he spoke about a range of topics concerning the Midlands club.

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During the podcast, Preece relayed the latest update originally shared by Smith in his latest press conference about the striker and his potential return from an injury that has kept him out of action since January 2020 and whether or not he could be included in Villa’s squad for their clash against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

He said: “Wesley could make the squad. Hold the front page – he could be back for Sunday, I didn’t envisage that at all, I thought he’d be back May time [for the] last couple of games at least but Smith’s going to have a look at him today and tomorrow as well.

“He could make the bench on Sunday which would be massive news, to be honest. Smith mentioned about the injury it’s the worst he’s ever seen a player have in 34 years so that tells its own story of how bad his knee ligaments were.

“It tells a lot about his character as well so, be patient with Wesley I think, hopefully [Villa will] see the best of him next season and hopefully he’ll be eased back in before the season’s out.

“I’d love to see him on the bench on Sunday and get some minutes at the end perhaps, but we’ll see but positive news in that sense.”

Villa signed Wesley back in the 2019 summer transfer window from Club Brugge for £22.5 million.

Since arriving at the Midlands club, the 24-year-old, who is currently valued at £13.5 million, made 22 appearances across all competitions in which he managed to score six goals and provide one assist along the way before picking up his serious knee injury.

TIF Thoughts on Ashley Preece’s comments on Wesley…

Given how the Brazilian has been out of action for a total of 477 days and missed 58 Villa games, it’s easy to see why Preece is excited to potentially see Wesley on the pitch with the rest of his teammates this season.

Do you think Wesley should be given some minutes this season?





In our view, with Ollie Watkins having played every single minute of League action for Villa so far this season, perhaps getting Wesley back on the pitch when he’s ready could give Watkins a break and avoid the possibility of him getting an injury during the remainder of the season.

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