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Dean Smith confirms a lack of game time is the reason behind Andre Green's lack of starts for Aston Villa

Dean Smith, Manager of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Aston Villa at Griffin Park on February 13, 2019 in Brentford, England.

Aston Villa winger Andre Green made an early return from his season-long loan spell at Portsmouth last month.

Andre Green of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Aston Villa at Portman Road on August 18, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

Dean Smith has confirmed that Aston Villa ace Andre Green can't start games because he is at a 'high risk' of getting injured due to his lack of game time and recent hamstring strain.

The 20-year-old started from the bench as Villa suffered a damaging 1-0 defeat against Brentford at Griffin Park on Wednesday night.

He came on as a second-half substitute but failed to make an impact as Smith's side chances of finishing in the top six are all but over - they seven points behind the playoff spots, with others above them having a game in hand. 

 

"I can't really start Andre Green because he has not played a lot of games," Smith told Sky Sports Football on 13/02/2019 at 7:35 pm.

"He's at high risk. He's had a hamstring strain not so long ago so I don't want to risk that and put him out for too long."

Villa's academy product Green was sent out on a season-long loan to League One side Portsmouth at the start of the season when Steve Bruce was in charge of the club.

Andre Green of Aston Villa scores to make it 3-3 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United at Villa Park on February 08, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

During his time at the club, he made 12 appearances in all competitions, scoring two last-minute winners in the FA Cup against Rochdale and Championship high-flyers Norwich, according to transfermarkt. 

He continued that last-minute scoring streak when he netted a stoppage-time equaliser during Villa's dramatic 3-3 draw against Sheffield United last Friday night.

Smith's side were losing the encounter 3-0 going into the final eight minutes of the match, but the introduction of Glenn Whelan and Green from the bench resulted in Villa snatching a remarkable point.

Nonetheless, Green will be looking to make his mark in Smith's starting XI in months to come as well as next season as the Midlands outfit will be relying upon his performances in seasons to come. 

Andre Green of Aston Villa in action during a training session  at the Aston Villa Bodymoor Heath training ground on February 07, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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