Aston Villa have suffered a blow, with Harry McKirdy ruled out of action for three months due to a hamstring injury. The 21-year-old featured for the u23s against Plymouth on November 30 and picked up the injury as Villa won 1-0. McKirdy announced on Instagram that he isn’t likely to return until March.
Due to a lack of first-team football, McKirdy has been loaned out to Stevenage (August 2016 – January 2017) where he scored and created three goals in 13 appearances and Crewe Alexandra (January 2018 – May 2018) where he contributed three goals in 16.
He’s yet to turn out for the senior side at Villa but has made around 30 appearances for the u233s, scoring and creating 12 goals. McKirdy did make the matchday squad in the EFL Cup on August 14, but he didn’t come off the bench in Villa’s 1-0 win over Yeovil.
The centre-forward’s injury likely rules out any chance of him being recalled to the first-team this season. With Tammy Abraham, Jonathan Kodjia, Scott Hogan, Keinan Davis and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy all ahead of McKirdy in the striker pecking order, he faces a difficult task to make the step-up.