By Dr Rajpal Brar

18th May, 2023 | 2:58pm

Aston Villa defender missed several games due to tricky rehab sessions - Injury Expert

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Matty Cash missed numerous games for Aston Villa after the international break due to an injury in his calf, claims Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert asserts that he encountered tricky rehabilitation sessions which is what made his return to full fitness far from straightforward.

However, he did come off the bench in the 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur on 13 May and is now fit to feature against Liverpool on Saturday, 20 May.

Speaking about his extended absence, Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, told Villa News, “He had been dealing with a calf injury since that international break and these can be really sensitive, tricky rehabs due to the constant demands placed on the calf and rates of re-injury.

Therefore, the player was getting closer to returning before he eventually did v Spurs but the physio staff just weren’t comfortable quite yet to give him the green signal.

The Poland international has played in 24 league games for the Villans this season and has been the first choice option when fit.

In his absence, Ashley Young has deputised at right-back and has done a relatively good job in the circumstances for Unai Emery’s side.

The 25-year-old’s contract at Villa Park runs out in the summer of 2027 after he put pen to paper on a new long-term deal last summer.

In other Aston Villa news, a senior player may never feature for the club again after recent news emerges, making a summer exit very much on the cards.