In the aftermath of Aston Villa’s 2-1 win over Ipswich Town on Saturday, Dean Smith revealed that Andre Green picked up “a slight hamstring strain” on Thursday and could be out of action “for a few weeks”.
The 20-year-old has recently returned from a failed loan spell at Portsmouth and was left out of Villa’s matchday squad against Ipswich. Many may have questioned why Green was absent for the weekend outing, so Smith moved to clarify the situation.
He told Birmingham Live: “(Green) picked up an injury on Thursday. He’s got a slight hamstring strain after feeling it tighten up. We felt like we couldn’t risk him today. I expect him to be out for a few weeks only. I don’t think it is anything too serious.”
The England u20 international made only 12 appearances for Portsmouth, racking up a meagre 470 minutes of playing time. Green still scored five goals and made an assist during his five months at Fratton Park, but he was a victim of stiff competition for places and was reduced to substitute appearances.
Smith’s verdict on Green could see him out of action for much of February depending on how severe his hamstring strain is. If the 20-year-old will return in “a few weeks”, it sounds like he’s suffered a grade two injury. Supporters may have to bide their time before the winger returns to the Villa first-team.