Date: 5th December 2018 at 2:05pm
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Dean Smith has revealed that Henri Lansbury is still “a week or two away” from returning for Aston Villa after picking up a hamstring injury against Birmingham City on November 25. The midfielder was introduced from the bench in the second-half of Villa’s 4-2 win but lasted just eight minutes before having to come off.

Ahead of Friday’s Championship meeting with West Bromwich Albion, Smith said in his pre-match press conference: “Lansbury’s probably a week or two away”. It’s a blow for the 28-year-old but all isn’t lost given Smith had rewarded his hard work in training with a return to the first-team. He could come back in mid-to-late December.

Lansbury had initially replaced Glenn Whelan in the 69th minute against the Blues but pulled up and was quickly replaced by Ahmed Elmohamady in the 77th minute after Alan Hutton finished off the scoring with a solo goal.

Hamstring injuries differ in severity dependent on the grade, as per research from the NHS. A Grade 1 is a mild muscle pull or strain and will take just a few days to heal.

Given Lansbury has been sidelined for ten days already and isn’t expected back until next week at the earliest, he’s probably suffered a Grade 2 partial tear which can take weeks to recover from.

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