Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has provided supporters with an update on the fitness of Albert Adomah and Tammy Abraham, as reported by the Express & Star.

Both players were substituted during Tuesday’s defeat to Norwich City after Abraham suffered a blow to the head and Adomah picked up a knee injury.

Smith is confident that on-loan Abraham will be available for tomorrow’s televised clash with Queens Park Rangers but admits that winger Adomah may not feature:

“Albert has a knock on his knee. It was a knee on knee. He hobbled out. It was a blow, that one, because I thought he was giving their full-back some real trouble.

“Tammy got a kick in the head. I am sure Tammy will be fine for Friday. Albert would probably be a worry.”

30-year-old Adomah, who has been with the club since 2016, has been a regular fixture on the flank for the Villains and impressed the newly-appointed Smith against the Canaries before his withdrawal.

Abraham joined on a season-long loan from Chelsea in August and the young marksman has already established himself as a key player for the Championship side.

The blow of losing Adomah will be softened by the return of midfielder John McGinn, a vital cog in the Villa machine who recently received praise from Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish. The 24-year-old was sidelined by suspension in midweek but could feature against Steve McClaren’s Hoops.

Smith wasn’t too despondent following Tuesday night’s defeat, insisting that his side didn’t deserve to lose the game:

“I certainly don’t think we deserved to lose. It was a scrappy game – I thought it was going to be a good football game with two good football teams, but we seemed cancel each other out a little bit.

“That little spell when Albert Adomah and Tammy Abraham came off, they scored from that corner where Tammy is usually very good at heading it away.

“We’ve had a big chance at 1-0 where Tammy’s hit the post. If we score that, I think we win comfortably.”

The loss at Carrow Road opened up the gap between Villa and Norwich to six points and Smith will have to act swiftly to haul the Villains back into the promotion picture.


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