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Villa injury news ahead of Chelsea as five players could return

Aston Villa are back in action when they play Chelsea on Saturday (5.30pm).

Villa could be boosted by the returns of some of their top stars while Chelsea are set to be without Reece James.

Thomas Tuchel’s side could miss Romelu Lukaku, who is set to have a scan on his thigh while Kai Havertz missed Germany’s 6-0 thrashing of Armenia on Sunday through illness.

N’Golo Kante was withdrawn from Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool last time out with an ankle injury and left France’s squad at the start of last week.

Villa, meanwhile, could welcome back John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey from coronavirus-related absences after missing the game against Brentford.

Bertrand Traore and Leon Bailey (hamstring) may be available while Morgan Sanson could be in contention to make his first appearance on the substitute’s bench this season.

But Emiliano Buendia and Emilino Martinez, who are in quarantine after their games with Argentina, will miss out forcing Smith into a couple of changes at least.

Here’s the latest injury news from Bodymoor Heath…

Leon Bailey

Injury: Hamstring.

Target return date: Saturday, September 11 – vs Chelsea.

What we know: Felt his hamstring in training and Villa did not want to put him at risk against Newcastle United. Also missed Brentford.

What Smith said: “He’s just felt his hamstring. He had an injury in the summer playing for Jamaica and it just tightened up in training and we just can’t risk it.”

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Bertrand Traore

Injury: Hamstring.

Target return date: Saturday, September 11 – vs Chelsea

What we know:Traore was forced off after sustaining the injury during a behind-closed-doors friendly fixture against Liverpool at Anfield on August 15.

What Smith said: Smith has confirmed that Traore will be out until after the international break and has pencilled in the Chelsea game as a potential return to action.

Morgan Sanson

Injury: Knee.

Target return date: In contention to make the squad for Chelsea.

What we know: Sanson has had a tough start to life at Villa after swapping Marseille for the Midlands in January, missing the final nine games of the season because of a knee injury and all of pre-season.

He is yet to appear for the first-team this season but played 45 minutes for the Under-21s on last week.

What Smith said: “He’s a good player, a good character but he’s had a knee injury that’s taken an awful lot of time and longer than we expected.

“But he’ll be a big player for us. He just needs games now. He’s trained with us full-time but he just needs minutes now to get up to speed.”

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Injury: Knee.

Target return date: No return date yet pencilled in but still faces several more months on the sidelines.

What we know: Villa will be expecting Trezeguet back at some point this season after undergoing surgery on a serious knee injury involving ligament damage in April. He has been training on the grass at Bodymoor.

What Smith said: “He’s had a significant knee injury which is normally nine months. We never like to put a time frame on injuries but that’s the average time to come back. Some come back earlier, some come back later.”

Keinan Davis

Injury: Unspecified.

Target return date: Reports claim he could be out until the start of October.

What we know:Davis picked up the injury in pre-season, reportedly scuppering a loan move to Stoke City, but is out of a brace.

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