Aston Villa manager Dean Smith could be set to potentially save midfielder John McGinn from a ban, according to a report published by The Express and Star.
The Scotland international has been a key player for the Villa side this season and has so far gone on to make 37 Championship appearances, scoring six goals and recording nine assists.
While automatic promotion is out of the question for Smith’s Villa side, they are currently the Championship’s most in-form team having won their previous eight consecutive league games.
There is no doubt that the fifth-place Midlands club will be one of the top contenders to win promotion to the top flight via the promotion-playoffs.
McGinn has amassed 13 yellow cards this season for Villa and could be set to face a three-match ban, which will potentially rule him out of some or all of the playoffs. It would surely be a massive blow to Villa if they have to make do with one of their biggest stars.
“It would depend on where we were in the league at that time and whether we were mathematically certain of the play-offs – or whether he is playing well or not,” Villa boss Smith said.
“At the moment it’s nothing to worry about, he is on 13 (bookings). If he gets one on Friday then I will start worrying then. At the moment, I don’t need to.”
At this stage, the Villans’ prime focus will be on ensuring a top-six finish in order to ensure qualification to the promotion playoffs.
Villa next play against Bolton Wanderers on Friday. This is a game in which they should consider resting McGinn in order to prevent him from potentially getting a yellow card.
The Trotters are virtually already relegated from the second-tier and are on a run of three successive league defeats. This is a game that Smith’s Villa side should be able to win, even without the presence of McGinn.