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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith spoke to the media ahead of his side’s return in the Premier League on Wednesday. (16:33, BBC)

The Villans take on Sheffield United in the opening game and Smith has received a huge fitness boost.

John McGinn has been out of action since December due to a broken ankle. The Scotsman was a huge miss for Villa before football stopped in March but he is now available, which is a massive positive for the club ahead of the final 10 games of the season.

Smith seemed delighted about McGinn’s return and called the midfielder ‘a big player’ for Aston Villa when he spoke to the club’s official website on Saturday.

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He said: “John McGinn is a big boost for us. He’s been back on the training ground and he has played a number of minutes now against both West Bromwich Albion and Leicester. So, it’s a massive boost to have John back with us, he’s a big player for us.”

McGinn was one of Villa’s most impressive players in the first few games of the season.

The 25-year-old scored thrice and provided two assists in his first 11 league games but his form, like Villa’s, took a hit after that.

He fractured his ankle against Southampton four days before Christmas which put him on the sidelines for quite a while.

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Can McGinn’s return help Aston Villa stay up?

McGinn’s return now is a massive boost for the Villans, who are still in danger of going down this season. Villa are currently 19th in Premier League table but they have a game in hand over their neighbours.

A win against the Blades on Wednesday will get them out of the relegation zone, and that would give them the confidence to go on a run and avoid the drop at the end of this campaign.

The world’s eyes will be on Aston Villa and Sheffield United when the two sides kick start the Premier League on Wednesday. Villa fans will be hoping that McGinn’s return will give them the boost they need to get the win, but a loss will make things a lot more difficult for them.

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