Aston Villa journalist Gregg Evans has been sharing his thoughts on Villa striker Wesley and his current situation at the Birmingham club in regards to his recovery from a serious knee injury he suffered back in January 2020.
On the subject of Wesley and his recovery from his long-term knee injury, Evans had this to say on the matter.
He said: “Wesley is going to need a little bit of time, obviously, he played last Friday in a friendly game and I think he’ll be on the bench against Fulham, potentially might get a chance to come on.
“They’ve been building up his recovery for a very long time now so, there’s no harm in him coming and sitting on the bench with the amount of subs that Villa have got, so it’d be interesting to see but it’s obvious they’re going to have to take him slowly, they’re not going to start him, he’s going to have to be slowly integrated back into games, he might play another U23 game as well to get potentially a full 90 minutes under his belt.
“It’s positive signs for him now, let’s hope we can see him before the end of the season.”
Villa signed Wesley back in the 2019 summer transfer window from Belgian side Club Brugge for a fee of £22.5 million. Since arriving at Villa Park, 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 in the process before picking up his injury (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Gregg Evans’ comments on Wesley and his return from injury…
Given how long the Brazilian has been out of action for, it’s understandable why Evans would be hoping to see him back in action before the end of the season.
Do you think Wesley should get some minutes on the pitch before the end of the season?
Also, taking into account that fellow Villa striker Ollie Watkins has played every single minute of Premier League action for Villa so far this season, perhaps if Wesley is deemed fit enough to get some league minutes under his belt before the end of the season, this could take some of the pressure off the England striker, and therefore a comeback this weekend may not even be out of the question.