An update has emerged on Aston Villa defender Matty Cash and his current injury situation…
The right-back is one of a number of players who may be watching on from the sidelines for the Premier League clash as he is struggling with a groin issue.
Meanwhile, Leander Dendoncker will serve a one-match suspension for the match following his red card against Stevenage in the FA Cup and John McGinn has already been ruled out through injury, having not played since the win over Tottenham.
McGinn has already been out for two games and Emery may have already prepared to head into this game without him but this fresh doubt over Cash’s fitness could come as a big blow to the Spaniard’s plans.
The former Nottingham Forest midfielder was one of the shining lights throughout the miserable loss to the lower league outfit as he put in an excellent display at right-back.
As per Sofascore, he won 100% of his three individual duels and made two clearances, one interception, and two tackles, whilst also completing 88% of his attempted passes.
The defender also started further forward, ahead of Ashley Young, in the 1-1 draw with Wolves in the Premier League last time out and caught the eye with a solid performance.
As per Sofascore, Cash won six of his eight individual battles and completed 90% of his attempted passes, whilst making two clearances, one block, two interceptions, and three tackles.
He recorded Sofascore ratings of 7.2 in both matches and this indicates, alongside his impressive statistics, that he thrived in Emery’s tactical set-up.
Meanwhile, no Villa player has averaged a Sofascore rating higher than 6.96 in the Premier League this season and this means that Cash could be one of the team’s top performers if he is able to continue his current vein of form.
However, the gem will be unable to do so if he is now out of action for a period of time due to the groin injury he sustained against Stevenage. This, this news is likely to come as a big blow to Emery.
Cash, certainly in recent games, has proven that he is a strong defender who is also reliable in possession and the Spaniard should be desperate for him to be fit enough to start against Leeds tonight, as his pace on and off the ball could be useful on the right side of the pitch.