By Villa News Speaking to Alan Hutton

30th Mar, 2023 | 10:10am

Unai Emery to make John McGinn change for Aston Villa clash v Chelsea as team news predicted by BBC pundit

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Alan Hutton expects John McGinn to return to a wide role for Aston Villa if Boubacar Kamara is fit to start against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Kamara, 23, has missed Villa’s last two matches due to an injury he sustained in the 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on 4 March.

According to injury expert Ben Dinnery’s website Premier Injuries, Kamara is 50-50 to return to fitness in time for Villa’s trip to West London on 1 April.

It’s never been a serious injury for Kamara and Aston Villa do expect him to be back sooner rather than later and if he does return, Hutton believes it’ll force Unai Emery into putting McGinn, 28, back in a more wider role.

Speaking to Villa News, Hutton said: “I think he will [put McGinn out wide]. Emery seems to like that.

He seems to like Douglas Luis and Kamara in the middle and then maybe Jacob Ramsey and McGinn. And then you have options of Leon Bailey or Emi Buendia behind Ollie Watkins, depending on who you’re playing against and whether you need pace or creativity.

That’s how I see them setting up at this moment in time.

It’s a narrow midfield. McGinn’s not stuck out wide because he needs to come in to affect the game.

But in terms of actually going forward and scoring goals, McGinn’s limited in an Aston Villa shirt.”

McGinn has been in great form in recent weeks but has arguably looked his best in the last two matches while Kamara has been out because he’s been played in the middle.

For Scotland during this international break, Steve Clarke has played McGinn in a more advanced midfield role, allowing the ex-Hibernian star to score against Cyprus and play a key role in a shock win over Spain.

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