John McGinn could miss Aston Villa’s trip to Stoke City on February 23 and their home clash with Derby County on March 2 if he picks up another booking. The 24-year-old has nine yellow cards this season and would be given a two-game ban if he adds to his tally on Saturday afternoon – he’s walking the tightrope against West Bromwich Albion.
McGinn has already served a yellow card suspension earlier in the campaign. He was given a one-match ban in mid-October for five bookings. No player in the Villa squad has as many cautions as the Scotland international. After McGinn, Alan Hutton is second in the charts with eight yellow cards and Anwar El Ghazi is third in the list with four.
McGinn’s bookings have come against Ipswich Town (August 18, 2018), Blackburn Rovers (September 15), Sheffield Wednesday (September 22), Preston North End (October 2), Swansea City (October 20), Derby County (November 10), Stoke City (December 15), Leeds United (December 23) and Swansea (December 26).
If the midfielder can avoid getting another caution in Villa’s next five games, he’ll avoid suspension for a tenth yellow card. In the Football League, 37 games is the cut-off point.