‘Tired’Abraham will be fine for Baggies crunch
BOSS Dean Smith has explained why he substituted top scorer Tammy Abraham towards the end of Villa’s victory at Middlesbrough.
Abraham was replaced by Scott Hogan in the 82nd minute and the head coach revealed the striker had a slight knock and tiredness.
But the manager reassured Villa fans it was nothing too serious as attention turns to Friday’s derby showdown with Albion at The Hawthorns.
“We have had three games in six days,” said Smith. “He has scored six goals in that as well! He was tired and it just shows the quality we have that Scott Hogan could come on, run at them and set up the third goal as well.”
Smith also took the opportunity to rest John McGinn for the closing stages of the game with the Scotland international only recently overcoming a calf injury.
Glenn Whelan went on for the final eight minutes and rounded off the scoring with the third goal. James Chester had broken the deadlock in the first half.
Villa’s recent injury list has been an extensive one, so much so that academy pair Callum O’Hare and Jake Doyle-Hayes made the bench against Nottingham Forest, while teenager Dominic Revan was an unused substitute at Middlesbrough.
Mile Jedinak was also hurried back to the bench at Boro.
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