Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has revealed that he doesn’t expect star striker Tammy Abraham to be fit for Monday’s clash against Millwall after picking up a shoulder injury, the Daily Star report.
The 21-year-old netted his 25th league goal of the season in Villa’s 2-0 win over Bolton on Friday, which also relegated Wanderers to League One in the process.
However, shortly after netting Villa’s second, the powerful forward had to be replaced by Keinan Davis on the hour mark after picking up what appeared to be a shoulder problem.
Smith’s side recorded a remarkable ninth victory on the spin on Friday, which has all but booked them a place in the play-offs at the end of the season.
And talking to the media following the win, manager Smith gave an update over Abraham’s condition.
Tammy got a whack on the shoulder. It’s too early to diagnose.
I don’t expect him to be fit for Monday, if I’m honest. Then we’re hoping it’s not too bad.
He was down for a while. The doctor said that he’d have to come off because he was in too much pain.
Villa fans will be hoping the Chelsea loanee will be back in time for the trip to Leeds United, as Smith’s side continue their attempts to land a potential midlands derby play-off semi-final against West Brom.
Five possible replacements for Tammy Abraham against Millwall:
The young striker could be a straight swap for Abraham and be handed his first start in three games against Millwall.
Kodjia has missed the last two fixtures through injury but should be in contention for a return on Monday.
The winger could be asked to play in a more central role by Smith and would provide experience against Milwall.
Another traditional wide man, El-Ghazi has been a regular under Smith and could be trusted with leading the line on Monday.
Arguably Villa’s player of the season so far, Grealish could be asked to play as a false nine if Smith opts to play without a striker.