Aston Villa travel to Brammall Lane to face relegation-threated Sheffield United on Wednesday and are still without Wesley Moraes as he’s recovering from a long-term knee injury, but Dean Smith revealed “good news” on his progress.

The Villa boss said in Tuesday’s pre-match press conference: “Wesley was in full contact training, so it’s good news on the more long-term injuries.” The 24-year-old has made 22 appearances in all competitions since joining Villa from Club Brugge in 2019, scoring six goals and supplying one assist (Transfermarkt).

Wesley has been sidelined since January 2020 after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a 2-1 win over Burnley, but he’s expected to return in March and could play a handful of games for Villa before the season comes to a close.

Smith will be delighted to have another attacking option at his disposal as Villa have been heavily reliant on Ollie Watkins. The 25-year-old has played every minute of every Premier League game this season while Keinan Davis has amassed only 48 minutes of top-flight football (Transfermarkt).

Wesley is likely to move ahead of Davis in the pecking order when he’s fit.


It’s fantastic news for Villa and its supporters that Wesley is close to returning. Watkins will finally be afforded a rest and another striker can take the scoring burden off his shoulders.