By Dr Rajpal Brar

17th Oct, 2023 | 5:10pm

Injury Expert issues training update on Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings

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Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings is unlikely to return to first-team training until March due to his ACL rupture, according to Dr Rajpal Brar.

While the injury expert has ruled him out for the reason, he believes that the centre-back will be asked to return by early March.

This is because they will have to build him back to first-team levels and will thus monitor his fitness months before he’s ready to return.

Speaking about his setback, Dr Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, told Villa News:

Typically, elite footballers return from ACL reconstruction in 7 to 9 months. If that holds true in these cases, you would expect to see Mings back in training by early March.

“The medics will make sure has a graduated return to play but even with that, you can’t even ensure he won’t face setbacks.

“Typically this injury comes with a 7-9 month return timeline and even longer return to pre-injury levels.

“He won’t be the same until the start of next season, it seems, but it’s important to work on his gradual return.“

The Villa medics will also ensure that he does not face any setbacks as that happens on occasion when players return from ACL injuries.

Mings was a mainstay in the first team for Unai Emery and his absence will be a huge blow for the Spaniard.

Pau Torres has also not yet hit the ground running but appears to be growing into his role slowly.

Emery will be hoping that none of his other players suffer long-term injuries as that will derail his plans.

In other Aston Villa news, a first-team regular will not return to training for the next few weeks as Matt Law issues a fresh injury blow for Unai Emery.