By Dr Rajpal Brar

30th Mar, 2023 | 11:10am

Aston Villa defender Matty Cash unlikely to start v Chelsea - Injury Expert

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Aston Villa defender Matty Clash will not be rushed back to the starting lineup against Chelsea on 1 April, claims Dr Rajpal Brar.

According to the injury expert, the Poland international will be eased back into match sharpness and will play bounce games, which means he’ll come off the bench on a few occasions before he’s ready to feature for 90 minutes.

This comes after the 25-year-old picked up a calf injury and was ruled out of the games and also from training sessions for the next seven days.

With Chelsea on the horizon next, Cash will be looked at by the Villa medical staff, but the likelihood of him starting appears to be very low right now.

Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, told Villa News exclusively, “The seven-day return to training designation typically means returning to full team training.

“From there on, players will typically go through multiple team training and be assessed daily.

“Once they clear that, then you’ll likely see him in bounce matches to re-adapt to match fitness.”

Cash did not have the best of international breaks as he had to be taken on just nine minutes into the 3-1 loss against the Czech Republic on 24 March.

He missed the subsequent game against Albania as well and did not even train with his international teammates.

When fit, the 25-year-old has been everpresent for the Villans in the Premier League, making a total of 23 appearances this term.

In other Aston Villa news, a senior first-team player is now likely to be ruled out for many months with a potential Achilles rupture.