By Villa News Speaking to Alan Hutton

29th Mar, 2023 | 4:10am

Aston Villa: Matty Cash to be ruled out for weeks after 'grade 2' injury - BBC pundit

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Alan Hutton expects Aston Villa right-back Matty Cash to be out of action for up to four weeks with an injury he sustained on international duty with Poland.

Cash, 25, was substituted off nine minutes into Poland’s 3-1 defeat to the Czech Republic on Friday (24 March).

Poland’s official Twitter account has since confirmed that Cash suffered a calf strain in the Euro 2024 qualifier defeat in Prague.

It means that Cash is at least a doubt for Aston Villa when they return to Premier League action on Saturday (1 April) when they travel to London to play Chelsea.

Hutton, however, believes that Cash’s absence could last a lot longer.

When asked if it’ll be a big blow for Villa if Cash is out for a sustained period of time, Hutton told Villa News: “Of course it is.

He came off injured after only nine minutes with some sort of strain. I don’t know if it was his thigh or his calf but I read it may be a grade 2, which would be a few weeks out. It could be two to four weeks.

But you’ve got Ashley Young there, who’s played a lot of football this season and I think he’s more than capable of stepping in.

It’s not ideal for the manager, he’ll want a fully-fit squad, but he’ll know that he’s got a capable backup option there.”

If Cash was to miss four weeks’ worth of action since the Poland loss to the Czech Republic on Friday, it means that he won’t return until Villa play Brentford on 22 April.

If that’s the cash, it means the former Nottingham Forest right-back will be ruled out against Chelsea, Leicester, Nottingham Forest and Newcastle.

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