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Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has confirmed that Matty Cash is ready for a period on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
Smith said (via Birmingham Post): “There will be no cash, he has a hamstring strain. I’m not sure about the level of qualification, but it will definitely be a few weeks, which is a serious blow for us.
“But it’s something we’ve been quite capable of dealing with so far. We haven’t had too many injuries, but when we have had them, people have come and done a job. “
The 23-year-old right-back has been excellent for Villa since moving from Nottingham Forest and his absence will be a huge blow to Smith and his team.
It will be interesting to see how Villa manages without his first choice in the coming weeks.
Experienced defender Ahmed Elmohamady is expected to take his place in the squad this weekend.
Villa will face players like Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy when they take on Leicester City and Cash could have made a big difference on Sunday.
The West Midlands team have been lucky with injuries this season and have managed to pull out their strongest lineup quite often.
It remains to be seen if they can continue to shine despite their latest injury.
Aston Villa are currently 8th in the Premier League table with 36 points from 22 games. They could get into the top four if they manage to win their two games in hand.
Chelsea, ranked fourth, has 42 points from 24 games.
This is how Villa’s fans reacted to the news.
This is a hit, we all know that traore is a defensive risk and very often cash has had to deal with 2 players, I don’t care about it but cash is hard to replace.
– Savo’s Bandana (@BandanaSavos) February 17, 2021
Oh jesus christ
– AVFC without context (@NCAVFC) February 17, 2021
Overall, we’ve been lucky with injuries this season. Cash will be a great loss.
– Rob (@robbcorin) February 18, 2021
I can’t believe we let Guilbert go on loan. Elmo has been great for us. But it is not the main standard.
– craig greatrex (@ craggers1286) February 17, 2021
This is a big hit
I hope Elmo can step up
– CJ2 (@BackpostTrez) February 17, 2021
That’s why it was stupid to let Guilbert go
– Paul Williams (@ PippyPants8) February 17, 2021